Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Laing O'Rourke alliance secures billion dollar rail project

A billion dollar package to upgrade one of Australia’s major rail networks will further cement Laing O’Rourke’s position as a leader in rail infrastructure.

Novo Rail, an alliance comprising Laing O'Rourke, O’Donnell Griffin and Connell Wagner, will deliver up to $1 billion of new rail works for RailCorp in New South Wales during the next five years.

Rail East Regional Manager David Howarth said the package would not only benefit those within Laing O’Rourke’s Rail Group but also could provide opportunities for staff with non-rail backgrounds to gain experience in the sector.

David said the five-year program, which had the potential to extend for several more years, comprised of a number of projects from relatively small, rural jobs to complex, urban works.

Laing O’Rourke’s good track record in delivering live rail work in the Sydney area and demonstrated experience of project management were key to securing this high profile contract.

The New South Wales rail contract and the Goonyella to Abbott Point Electrification project in Queensland, which was awarded in August 2008, will secure Laing O’Rourke’s rail business for several years.

“Our involvement in two of the largest rail infrastructure programs in Australia and the opportunity to work with two premier clients (QR and RailCorp) puts us in a very strong position within the industry,” David said.CityRail train

RailCorp CEO Rob Mason said the alliance would help deliver essential infrastructure upgrades to improve CityRail's capacity to meet the demands of patronage growth.

“It also aims to encourage the growth of resources available to the industry, particularly signalling and electrical engineers.”

Mr Mason said the Novo Rail alliance of Laing O’Rourke, O’Donnell Griffin and Connell Wagner was chosen because of the team’s excellent experience in the delivery of RailCorp infrastructure.

“The partners have pooled their specialist resources to offer a ‘whole of project’ capability including industry-leading program management, rail system design and rail infrastructure delivery,” he said.

“These are all attributes which will help us to deliver the significant signalling, electrical and track works projects required to meet the demands created by growing rail patronage.”

The team has commenced mobilisation and physical works are due to begin in April 2009.

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