Cimic Group companies UGL and CPB Contractors have been selected by Transgrid to deliver the western section of the HumeLink high voltage electricity transmission project.
Spanning some 385km, HumeLink will connect Wagga Wagga, Bannaby, and Maragle in New South Wales, and will increase electricity network capacity in Australia’s eastern states.
It is one of the state’s largest energy infrastructure projects.
The incentivised target cost contract will generate around A$1.4bn for the two contractors.
They’ll provide engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of HumeLink’s western section, including 148km of 500kV transmission lines from the Snowy 2.0 connection at Maragle to Wagga Wagga.
They’ll also build two new 500kV substations at Gugaa and Maragle and an augmentation at Transgrid’s existing Wagga Wagga 330kV substation.
A joint venture of Acciona Construction and Genus Group is building the eastern section.
Cimic Group executive chairman Juan Santamaria said: “The project will increase the amount of renewable energy that can be delivered across the national electricity grid, delivering reliable and sustainable power. It will also support economic growth and local jobs and skills.”
The HumeLink contracts are structured in two stages, with early works to begin immediately and finish in mid-2024, including detailed design, investigations, procurement and project mobilisation.