Upper Mole River Dam
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Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.
The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.
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Preferred bidder announced
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A new rockfill dam is proposed for the Upper Mole River, in the Border Rivers region of NSW. The catchment area services both NSW and QLD users.
The proposed 100 GL dam will aim to increase water security for community, agricultural and environmental purposes.
The dam was identified in WaterNSW’s 20 Year Infrastructure Options Study, published in 2018.
The project is subject to final business case approval.
2020: Community engagement commences
2021: Concept design & environmental assessment
2022: Project determination
2023: Detailed design & pre-construction enabling work
2024: 2026/28 – Dam construction (dependent on design)
The 2020-21 NSW Budget included the Upper Mole River Project in a $245 million joint funding allocation for FY2020-21, together with the Dungowan Dam Replacement and the Wyangala Dam Upgrade.
$24 million of a drought assistance package jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments has been allocated for the development of a Final Business Case.
An approximately $1 billion package was announced by the Federal and NSW Governments in October 2019, to upgrade or build new dams in drought-afflicted NSW regions. Half of the Federal Government's commitment will be funded from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
The other half of the Commonwealth commitment will be financed from the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility and ultimately repaid by the NSW Government. Due to the use of the loan facility, the ultimate funding split between Federal and NSW Governments will be 25:75.
March 2020: WaterNSW announced that SMEC had been engaged for engineering design and environmental works.
May 2020: WaterNSW awarded WaterSecure, a joint venture between Aurecon and KBR, the Portfolio Delivery Management Partner contract to oversee its previously announced water infrastructure project portfolio. Under the seven-year contract, WaterSecure will manage drought response and water security projects from planning to completion, including the Upper Mole River Dam, Dungowan Dam Replacement, and Wyangala Dam Upgrade.
November 2020: The 2020-21 NSW Budget included the Upper Mole River Project in a $245 million joint funding allocation for FY2020-21, together with the Dungowan Dam Replacement and the Wyangala Dam Upgrade.
December 2020: WaterNSW sought EOIs for pre-qualification for the Business Case and Economic Advisory Services for the Mole River and Dungowan Dam projects.
July 2020: The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for Dungowan Dam, Wyangala Dam and the Upper Mole River Dam. EIS will now be prepared.
May 2020: WaterNSW awarded WaterSecure, a joint venture between Aurecon and KBR, the Portfolio Delivery Management Partner contract to oversee its previously announced water infrastructure project portfolio.
March 2020: WaterNSW engaged SMEC to undertake design and environmental works.
March 2020: A request to prepare the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) was issued.
Jan 2020: WaterNSW sought EOIs for Planning & Development Consultants
Oct 2019: Federal and NSW Governments committed $24 million for the Final Business Case
Jun 2018: WaterNSW’s 20 Year Infrastructure Options Study listed a new 100GL dam on the Mole River as a preferred option for increased water security in the Border Rivers region.
Last reviewed: 09/12/2020