BRISBANE Airport Corporation last week announced that its plans for a new runway to deliver additional capacity to meet the predicted growth of flights in and out of Brisbane Airport are a step closer, with the awarding of a contract for dredging and reclamation work.
BAC Chairman Bill Grant said the Corporation had signed a contract for the next important milestone of the New Parallel Runway, with work expected to commence within weeks. Mr Grant said the contract was a clear signal of the Corporation's commitment to building "this "critical piece of national infrastructure."
The $1.35 billion New Parallel Runway, which will be located two kilometres west of the existing main runway, will be 3.3 kilometres long and 60 metres wide. It will include more than 12 kilometres of taxiways, navigational aids, airfield infrastructure and hundreds of hectares of airfield landscaping.
"In the last 10 years BAC has spent more than a billion dollars on Brisbane Airport and in the next 10 years we'll spend another $2 billion. As the primary gateway for the state's business community and a key enabler and catalyst for economic prosperity for the whole state, this investment is essential," Mr Grant said.
BAC CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the company had almost finished preliminary enabling civil works on the site and works under the dredging and reclamation contract would begin within weeks.
"Brisbane Airport is building for the future and we are proud to be at the forefront – setting the standard for Australian airports," Ms Alroe said.
"The new parallel runway is powering ahead. We will deliver this critical infrastructure project by 2020 and acknowledge important milestones – like today's announcement – along the way.
"On completion of this project, Brisbane Airport will have a runway system with the capacity of major international airports like Hong Kong or Singapore," Ms Alroe said.
The dredging and reclamation involves the placement on the site of 13 million cubic metres of sand up to a maximum height of eight metres above ground in order to consolidate the soft underlying soils to form a stable platform to construct the runway.
The final phase of the project, the construction of the runway and taxiway pavements, will commence once the ground has consolidated, which is expected to be around 2016/17. The new runway is scheduled to be operational in 2020.