The shortlist for contracts to deliver the first two major tunnelling packages for the Sydney Metro West project have been announced with three consortia making the cut.
Roughly 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs will come from the project, which is aiming to construct tunnels from Greater Parramatta to the Sydney CBD.
Excavation and tunnelling works have been split into two packages due to the scale of the project. The split works are between Westmead and the Sydney CBD.
The three consortia will first bid for the Central Tunnelling Package which includes the construction of 11 kilometres of twin tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park.
From there, the remaining two consortia will again bid for the Western Tunnelling Package which includes building 9 kilometres of twin tunnels from Westmead to Sydney Olympic Park.
The following consortia have been shortlisted for two packages:
- John Holland, CPB Contractors and Ghella Australia Joint Venture (JHCPBG JV)
- Gamuda and Laing O’Rourke Australia Joint Venture (GALC JV)
- Acciona Australia and Ferrovial Australia Joint Venture (AF JV)
The successful applicant for the Central Tunnelling Package will not be eligible for the Western Tunnelling Package. Sydney Metro have made this decision to drive greater competition in the delivery of Australian tunnelling infrastructure.
Sydney Metro West teams are now addressing community feedback raised as part of the project’s first Environmental Impact Statement.
Following planning approval, construction works are set to start in The Bays later this year. Then the first of four tunnel boring machines is expected to be in the ground before the end of 2022.
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