CPB Contractors and Ghella selected for $1.29bn Sydney metro contract

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A joint venture between Cimic Group subsidiary CPB Contractors and Italy’s Ghella has been selected by the New South Wales government for a US$1.29bn (A$1.8bn) contract for tunnelling works on the Sydney Metro.

The contract is funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments and will generate US$1bn (A$1.35bn) in revenue for CPB Contractors.

The joint venture will design and build 9.8km of twin tunnels and excavations for stations at St Marys, Orchard Hills, Airport Terminal Station, Aerotropolis Station and service facilities at Bringelly and Claremont Meadows.

The new metro will run from St Marys through to the under-construction Western Sydney International Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Juan Santamaria, Cimic’s chief executive, said: “This is a strategic transport investment that will generate long lasting benefits for the people of Western Sydney and provide a significant boost to jobs during construction.

“CPB Contractors is already involved in the construction of the Western Sydney International Airport and the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project and will apply this experience to safely deliver this link.”

Jason Spears, CPB Contractors’ managing director, said: “We are pleased to have been selected by the NSW Government to deliver another vital project for Western Sydney.

“Our tunnelling teams are very experienced in delivering transport infrastructure in Sydney and will apply CPB Contractors’ expertise, gained delivering major projects across Australia, to maximise employment and training opportunities for local workers.”

Preparatory tunnelling works on the project is due to begin in early 2023.

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