Davis Aerodrome Project




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Davis Aerodrome Project
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STATUS: Prospective pipeline
SECTOR: Other transport
JURISDICTION: Commonwealth
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Alliance
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The Davis Aerodrome Project is a proposal to construct an aerodrome and paved runway capable of supporting year-round access to East Antarctica by the Australian Government. A combined Commonwealth project team is being led by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

The proposal remains subject to environmental assessment. If approved, it will be the largest infrastructure project to take place on the Antarctic continent.

The proposed infrastructure includes:

  • a 2,700 metre paved, Code 4E runway capable of accommodating existing and future large aircrafts such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (B787), Airbus A330, and the Royal Australian Air Force-operated Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (C-17)
  • aviation infrastructure including a taxiway, aircraft apron, runway lighting, and associated buildings
  • an access road from the station to the aerodrome
  • a new wharf, and
  • temporary station infrastructure to support the construction period and that essential to support the operation of the aerodrome.

 

The paved runway is proposed to be constructed from pre-cast concrete pavers, made in Australia, transported by ship and assembled on-site. Shipping and logistics support for the project would require a combination of large icebreaker and ice-strengthened cargo vessels. It is anticipated that one to two cargo deliveries would be required each year during the construction period.

 


 

Key Dates

April 2016: The Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan committed to explore options for year-round aviation access.

May 2018: The Australian Government announced its intention to construct a paved runway near Davis research station.

December 2019: The Australian Government committed $58.8 million additional funding over two-and-a-half years to advance the design and environmental assessments required for the Davis Aerodrome Project.

May 2020: The AAD advised the market (via AusTender) of its intention to adopt a ‘Competitive Alliance’ delivery model, with Expressions of Interest to be sought later in 2020.

Q4 2020: Release of EOI

2020 to 2021: Project to be released for public comment, assessed under relevant environmental legislation and presented to Antarctic Treaty nations.

Mid 2021: Request for Proposal underway

2022: Final investment decision by Australian Government expected in 2022

2040: Commencement of civilian flights to Antarctica in support of the Australian Antarctic Program.

 


 

Procurement

As part of an Advanced Briefing to the industry via AusTender in May 2020 the AAD noted that a Competitive Alliance model will be pursued for the main contract procurement.

Advisors (Australian Government)

Aerodrome Technical Advisor: AECOM

Davis Station Technical Advisor: WSP

Environmental Impact Assessment Advisor: AECOM

Commercial Advisor: KPMG

Legal Advisor: Minter Ellison

Probity Advisor: Maddocks

Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant: WT Partnership

 


 

Funding

Federal Government:

Initial funding of $9.465 million was allocated for the project to complete further scoping options and prepare a business case in order for the Government to take an initial business case investment decision.

In December 2019, the Australian Government committed $58.8 million additional funding over two-and-a-half years to advance the design and environmental assessments required for the Davis Aerodrome Project.

 


 

Project History

Jun 2020: An advanced industry briefing was released via AusTender on 3 June 2020, detailing the infrastructure requirements, construction and environmental challenges and the tentative delivery model.

May 2020: The AAD advised the market via AusTender of its intention to adopt a ‘Competitive Alliance’ delivery model, with Expressions of Interest to be sought later in 2020. Through the process, the AAD plans to shortlist two tenderers to submit a detailed proposal including a target cost.

February 2020: An ice-free site in the Vestfold Hills near Davis research station was selected for the proposed Davis aerodrome.

January 2020: The proposal was opened for public comment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

May 2018: The Australian Government announced its intention to construct a paved runway near Davis research station.

April 2016: The Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan committed to explore options for year-round aviation access.



Last reviewed: 02/10/2020

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