Major tender open for Borumba Pumped Hydro project's dams designer

19 February 2024

Queensland Hydro has announced the opening of a tender for a Dams Designer for the Borumba Pumped Hydro Project.

The initiation of the Dams Designer Request for Proposal (RFP) marks a crucial progression following the completion of front-end engineering design (FEED) investigations outlined in the Detailed Analytical Report (DAR), submitted to the Queensland Government in March 2023. With a commitment of $6 billion from the Queensland Government in June 2023 to advance the project, the Borumba Pumped Hydro Project is gaining momentum.

Leah McKenzie, Project Director, underscores the importance of detailed design in the development of the proposed clean energy endeavor, urging interested proponents to submit their responses by March 29, 2024.

" If approved, the proposed Borumba Pumped Hydro Project will be a cornerstone of Queensland’s transition to renewable energy, providing safe and reliable energy when it’s needed most," stated McKenzie.

The project's design entails the construction of seven dams, including the replacement of the existing Borumba Dam at Lake Borumba and the expansion of the lower reservoir, along with six additional dams forming an upper reservoir. Further investigations will delve into the geological and geotechnical conditions of the proposed dam locations, building upon prior work conducted during initial investigations.

Proponents can submit their responses through QTenders by searching for CONBUR0358RFPReg

McKenzie stresses that construction will not commence until all necessary environmental approvals are secured.

“We’ll be working proactively with the successful Design Partner/s to ensure the dams meet the highest possible standards for safety, environmental protection and reliability," McKenzie said.

Additionally, McKenzie highlights the project's significant opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.

“The Borumba Pumped Hydro Project will be a game-changer for the state, and Queensland Hydro are committed to genuinely engaging with local and Indigenous businesses. Due consideration of local benefits will be undertaken as part of the assessment of RFP responses.

“We’ve been working with industry to ensure we can attract the best partners for the project while creating real opportunities for local and Indigenous businesses. We’re adopting best practice principles and local benefits test from the Queensland Procurement Policy 2023, which includes provision of apprenticeship and training opportunities, and a commitment to local buying and local job creation.”

Local or Indigenous businesses interested in collaborating with the Principal Contractor/s on this package are encouraged to explore the Suppliers page for further information.

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