Major Contract

Inland Rail - Gowrie to Kagaru sections PPP

PROJECT STATUS
Under Procurement
Inland Rail - Gowrie to Kagaru sections PPP

The 2017-18 Federal Budget announced that the circa 128 kilometre stretch of the Inland Rail Freight Corridor between Gowrie and Kagaru would be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Considered the most technically complex of the 13 sections within the Inland Rail Freight Corridor, the Gowrie to Kagaru project consists of the following three sections:

  • 28 kilometre Gowrie to Helidon (G2H) section
  • 47 kilometre Helidon to Calvert (H2C) section, and
  • 53 kilometre Calvert to Kagaru (C2K) section.

In total, the scope of the Gowrie to Kagaru PPP comprises:

  • circa 128 kilometres of new dual gauge track
  • eight kilometres of tunnels, including a 6 kilometre tunnel through the Toowoomba Ranges
  • 25 level crossings
  • 10 road over rail separations
  • 21 viaducts totalling 5.7 kilometres in length
  • 37 river bridges, including 20 totalling between Helidon and Calvert, and
  • 11 crossing loops.

Key Dates

Oct 2018 ROIs Open
Mar 2019 EOIs Open
Nov 2020 RFP Open
Jun 2021 RFP Close
2022 Expected Contract Award
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
Dec 2025 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Shortlist: Three shortlisted bidders were Capstone – a consortium comprising CPB Contractors, Ghella, UGL, DIF and Pacific Partnerships, G2Konnect – a consortium comprising ACCIONA, Ferrovial, Cintra and Macquarie, and Regionerate Rail – a consortium comprising Clough, GS Engineering and Construction, Webuild, Lendlease Services and Plenary Group.
Adviser (Govt): BDO
Related contracts:
Engineering Consultant - Detailed Design
Successful Tenderer - The Future Freight Joint Venture, comprising Aurecon and AECOM

Engineering Consultant - Feasibility Design
Successful Tenderer - The Future Freight Joint Venture, comprising Aurecon and AECOM

Engineering Consultant - Geotechnical Surveys
Successful Tenderer - Golder Associates

Probity Advisor
Successful Tenderer - BDO

PROJECT HISTORY

2017 The 2017-18 Federal Budget announced that the Gowrie to Kagaru sections of the project are to be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Under this delivery arrangement, the PPP contractor are expected to design, build, finance and maintain this stretch of the railway over a long-term concession period of approximately 15 to 30 years. ARTC anticipates the PPP structure will be an 'availability charge' type arrangement. The PPP will have a maintenance concession period of up to 25 years.
2017 The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Terms of References (ToR) for the G2H, H2C and C2K sections were released separately by the Queensland Government Department of State Development (DSD) in August, October and December respectively. Project information provided to DSD as part of these processes states the combined investment required for the PPP is roughly $3.6 billion.
Feb 2018 The Future Freight Joint Venture, comprising Aurecon and AECOM, was awarded the feasibility design contract for the project.
Jun 2018 The Future Freight Joint Venture was also awarded the contract for the detailed design work for the project.
Oct 2018 The ARTC called for Registrations of Interest (ROI) for the project.
Nov 2018 A contract for the geotechnical surveying of the tunnel route was awarded to Golder Associates.
Mar 2019 The ARTC called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the project, closing on 14 May 2019. A Request for Proposal is due by the end of 2020.
Nov 2020 The ARTC confirmed the procurement process had entered the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. The three bidders invited to submit proposals were Capstone – a consortium comprising CPB Contractors, Ghella, UGL, DIF and Pacific Partnerships, G2Konnect – a consortium comprising ACCIONA, Ferrovial, Cintra and Macquarie, and Regionerate Rail – a consortium comprising Clough, GS Engineering and Construction, Webuild, Lendlease Services and Plenary Group.
Dec 2020 Draft EIS for C2K section of the project was put opened for public consultation, closing on March 2021.
Mar 2021 The ARTC held an information session for the local suppliers on the delivery of the PPP package. The three shortlisted bidders for the PPP package also provided briefings during the event.