A MELBOURNE-based company has been awarded the tender for the construction of the pipeline between Barraba and Split Rock Dam.
Work to construct the dam is expected to begin in March, after Tamworth Regional councillors formally accepted a $12.1 million tender from Leed Engineering and Construction.
The tender includes construction services for the 27-kilometre pipeline and the accompanying ancillary works.
Leed was one of five companies to tender for the project.
It was founded in 2001 and specialises in the delivery of water and sewerage infrastructure projects.
Tamworth Regional Council water enterprises director Bruce Logan said the company’s submission demonstrated a good understanding of the requirements of the project.
“Leed Engineering and Construction has recently undertaken the Scone/Aberdeen water supply augmentation project, which was very similar in nature and magnitude to the Barraba project. They received very good performance testimonials from the client,” Mr Logan said.
“The conclusion from the assessment process was that Leed Engineering and Construction has suitably experienced and capable personnel, as well as the necessary resources to undertake the works in the time stipulated and to the specified requirements.”
Tamworth mayor Col Murray said the awarding of the contract was a major milestone for the pipeline project.
“It’s great news for the Barraba community and brings them a step closer to having a secure source of quality drinking water, after years of experiencing frequent water restrictions,” he said.
Councillors considered a detailed confidential report which outlined the extensive assessment process of the tender submissions.
Staff from the council, the NSW Office of Water and NSW Public Works assessed the tender submissions.
NSW Public Works technical personnel who were involved in the design and documentation phase of the Barraba project provided specialist review input for technical aspects of the submissions.
As part of the scope of works for the tender, Leed will undertake the supply of all materials, construct the pipeline and commission the works for the pipeline and ancillary works – civil, mechanical, electrical, telemetry and process.
The pipeline is jointly funded by the federal and state government and Tamworth Regional Council.
A range of preliminary works, including a geotechnical survey and Statement of Environmental Effects, have been completed since the funding agreement was formalised in April 2012.
The pipeline will follow a route along Oakhampton Rd and the Fossickers Way, mostly along road reserves and some privately owned land.
Construction is due to be completed in 2014.