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Thiess Barnard JV to build Queensland dam

1 Dec 11 A joint venture between Thiess and Barnard Australia has been announced as the preferred bidder for the AU$300m (£194m) Connors River Dam in central Queensland.

The project for SunWater will see a roller compacted concrete dam with a storage capacity of 370,000 megalitres constructed on the Connors River, 120km south west of Mackay and 110km east of Moranbah.

The 50/50 joint venture combines the construction experience and capacity of Thiess with Barnard Australia’s specific expertise in roller compacted concrete dam construction.

“Thiess has a great record of providing water infrastructure in Queensland including iconic Lake Wivenhoe and we look forward to this new partnership with SunWater,” said Thiess managing director Bruce Munro.

Thiess’ Queensland executive manager infrastructure Greg Sparkman said that Thiess has a long and history of dam construction in Australia.  “Our first dam was built by the founding Thiess brothers in 1933 and the company has built an average of one a year ever since,” he said. “This will be dam number 76 and follows our highly successful project increasing the capacity of Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast.”

The Thiess Barnard JV and SunWater will now progress the project to contract stage with construction set to begin in the first half of 2012.

The dam wall will be 610m long with a central spillway 250m in length. Preparation for the project will include the construction of a workers’ camp to accommodate 400 people.

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