Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline

Under Delivery
Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline

The Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline is a water pipeline in Central Queensland that will run from the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton to Gladstone. The scope of the project includes: 

  • a 117-kilometre pipeline connecting the Lower Fitzroy River into the Gladstone Area Water Board's existing network at Yarwun
  • a water treatment plant, and
  • reservoirs and pumping stations at locations along its alignment including Laurel Bank, Alton Downs and Aldoga. 

The pipeline will have the capacity to transport 30 gigalitres per annum from the Fitzroy River to Gladstone.

Key Dates

Jan 2022 EOIs Open
Feb 2022 EOIs Close
Feb 2023 Contract Award
Oct 2023 Construction Commencement
2026 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Queensland Government


Procuring Agency: Gladstone Area Water Board
Tenderers (EOI/ROI): EOI for Building Construction and Maintenance
Shortlist: McConnell Dowell CPB Contractors
Successful Tenderer: McConnell Dowell and BMD Constructions Joint Venture
Related contracts:
Successful Tenderer - BMD Constructions/McConnel Dowell JV

Owner's Engineer
Successful Tenderer - SMEC

Transaction Adviser
Successful Tenderer - Tell Advisory


Dec 2006 The Central Queensland Regional Water Supply Strategy identified the Lower Fitzroy as the next main source of supply for urban and industrial needs in Rockhampton, Fitzroy, Livingstone and GAWB.
Jul 2007 The Coordinator General declared the Gladstone-Fitzroy Pipeline Project a Significant Project (now known as a Coordinated Project).
Dec 2008 Complete EIS released
Jun 2018 Infrastructure Australia releases their Project Evaluation Summary for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project, citing long-term need for the connection between the Fitzroy River and the dam is not currently required & will likely not be required until 2037.
Aug 2021 Gladstone Area Water Board appointed by the State Government to deliver pre-construction activities for the pipeline, which included undertaking procurement activities, addressing land access arrangements and determining long lead time items to ensure construction readiness for the pipeline.
Jan 2022 EOIs open for building construction and maintenance of pipeline. Media release for EOIs opening occurs on 19 January 2022. EOIs close 01 February 2022.
Jan 2022 GAWD appoints Tell Advisory as Transaction Advisor and SMEC as the Owner's Engineer to support delivery of pre-construction activities.
Mar 2022 McConnell Dowell and CPB Contractors shortlisted to participate in Early Contractor Involvement Process for delivery of pipeline.
Feb 2023 Queensland Government approves construction of pipeline.
Feb 2023 The Queensland Government and Gladstone Area Water Board awarded a BMD Contractors and McConnell Dowell joint venture the $714 million pipeline construction contract for the pipeline.
Jun 2023 Early works commenced on the project.
Oct 2023 The Queensland Government announced that major works had commenced on the project.
Estimated Total Cost
Water & Sewerage
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Queensland |
Government resources
QLD Government
Tender notices