Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project - Stage Two

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Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project - Stage Two

The Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project (HPDP) will link the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme to the Ross River Dam. The alignment of the new pipeline will follow the existing route and will be developed across two stages.

Stage Two will extend the duplication from the Haughton Channel to the Burdekin River. Stage Two involves 28 kilometres of pipeline, a new pump station and high voltage power supply infrastructure.

Stage One was completed in 2020 duplicating 36 kilometres of pipeline between the Ross River Dam and the Haughton Channel. Stage One also included ancillary upgrades such as upgrades to pump stations. 

Key Dates

May 2023 Contract Award
Oct 2023 Construction Commencement
2025 Expected Construction Completion
2025 Operations/Service Commencement

Funding contributions

Queensland Government
Townsville City Council


Procuring Agency: Townsville City Council
Successful Tenderer: BMD Constructions and DJ MacCormick Contractors
Related contracts:
Business Case
Successful Tenderer - Jacobs

Detailed Design
Successful Tenderer - GHD


Nov 2018 The Federal Government committed $200 million to fund Stage Two of the HPDP including $5 million to develop the business case.
Jul 2019 The Federal Government renewed its funding commitment for Stage Two.
Mar 2020 The Federal Government selected Jacobs to deliver the $5 million business case.
Apr 2020 Infrastructure Australia completed an assessment of the business case and concluded that Stage Two will not be included on the Infrastructure Priority List. The independent assessment identified Townsville's water supply issues would be addressed by Stage One.
May 2020 The Townsville City Council issued a call for tenders to construct a 3.8 kilometre section of pipeline to link the Ross River Dam with the Burdekin River at Clare. This will complete the connection to works on Stage Two.
Aug 2020 The Queensland Government announced that it intends to fully fund the project as an agreement could not be reached with the Federal Government on terms of funding provision.
Aug 2020 The Townsville City Council held an industry briefing to inform suppliers, contractors and prospective consultants regarding main works for Stage Two.
Oct 2021 The Queensland Government announced that the project's cost has increased to $274 million, with the Queensland Government to provide $195 million and the Townsville City Council to provide $79 million. The government also announced that the project's main works construction contract and expected construction completion had been delayed by a year. The construction contract will now go to tender in early 2022 and construction is expected to be complete by 2024.
May 2023 Townsville City Council awarded BMD Constructions and DJ MacCormic Contractors the contract for Stage Two.
Oct 2023 Major works commenced on the project.
Estimated Total Cost
Water & Sewerage
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Queensland | National |
Project pages
City of Townsville