WaterSecure – a joint venture comprising KBR and Aurecon – is to assist WaterNSW with the planning, development and delivery of three major dam projects, and potentially more projects in the future, on a scale not seen in Australia for nearly half a century, WaterNSW has said in a statement.
Projects included in the first tranche of over $1billion include the recently announced dam projects at Dungowan (near Tamworth) and Wyangala (near Cowra), plus a final business case for a new dam on the Mole River (near Tenterfield).
The partnership will help ensure projects such as Dungowan Dam and the Wyangala Dam wall-raising can be fast-tracked, improving long term water security sooner while creating immediate employment and economic benefit at a crucial time.
The key aspect of this announcement is the involvement of engineering, design and construction specialists with the capacity to make these projects a reality in the short term, rather than as series of consecutive projects over time, WaterNSW Acting CEO Andrew George said.
Based on the delivery partner concept pioneered during preparations for the London Olympics, the arrangement will provide WaterNSW with the necessary increased capacity to deliver a range of major projects concurrently.
Building on WaterNSW’s knowledge and experience, WaterSecure will provide additional expertise, technical sophistication and capacity to oversee the delivery of multiple major projects.
Aurecon’s Chief Executive Officer William (Bill) Cox and Infrastructure Australia Vice President Wayne Nolan from KBR said on behalf of the WaterSecure Joint Venture that this partnership would extend the strong collaboration between the two companies, which have a history in jointly supporting the management of major capital programs for large water utilities in Australia.
“The joint venture will work with WaterNSW to build a high performing portfolio delivery team that will generate regional, social, and environmental benefits. Our aim is to leave a legacy; building capability for WaterNSW and better outcomes for communities,” Cox said.
“We are fully committed to the successful delivery of WaterNSW’s capital program. WaterSecure will bring together our local expertise, digital solutions and best practice experience from similar joint programs of work across Australia,” added Nolan.
Work is to be carried out to raise the Wyangala Dam wall. Image courtesy WaterNSW