THREE consortia have been selected to submit project proposals for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project, which involves a 41-kilometre bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, extending from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton.
In a statement last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the shortlisting of the three groups follows a strong industry response to the initial Expressions of Interest process, which commenced in June this year.
The three consortia shortlisted to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the procurement process are:
- Nexus (comprises Plenary Group, Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Samsung C&T Corporation, Acciona Concesiones and Transfield Services (Australia));
- RangeConnect (comprises Leighton Contractors, Thiess, Macquarie Capital (Australia), Leighton Holdings, Leighton Contractor Investment Partners and Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds); and
- RangeLink (comprises Bouygues Construction Australia, Fulton Hogan Construction, Wagners Quarries, Meridiam RangeLink, Fulton Hogan Industries and Egis Projects Asia Pacific).
"These consortia were chosen following their demonstrated capacity and capability to deliver on a project of this magnitude and recent relevant experience on various infrastructure projects," Mr Truss said.
"This marks yet another milestone in the long-awaited project's procurement, following more than two decades of talking, planning and scoping."
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls said shortlisted proponents would be provided with Request for Proposal documentation in the coming weeks, officially kicking off the tender process.
"This project is expected to support more than 1,800 full time equivalent jobs during the three year construction phase, with the road expected to be operational from mid to late 2018," Mr Nicholls said.
The Queensland Government allocated $321.25 million to the project in its 2014-15 Budget and the Australian Government has committed $1.285 billion, making it the largest Australian Government commitment to a single regional road project in Queensland's history.
Range Connect, RangeLink and Nexus now have until early 2015 to submit their detailed proposals for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing to the government for evaluation, with the final proponent set to be announced soon after.
More information about the project is available from the Queensland Government's Toowoomba Second Range Crossing website at <http://www.qld.gov.au/tsrc>.