CIMIC’s UGL and CPB Contractors awarded $1.4B HumeLink transmission Project

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. Image credit: CIMIC Group

CIMIC Group’s subsidiaries, UGL and CPB Contractors, have been chosen by Transgrid to undertake the construction of the western section of the HumeLink high-voltage electricity transmission project.

HumeLink, a significant transmission initiative, will link Wagga Wagga, Bannaby, and Maragle in regional New South Wales, aiming to enhance the capacity of the electricity network in Australia’s eastern states.

This major infrastructure venture involves approximately 385 kilometres of proposed new transmission lines, alongside various new and upgraded facilities, the company said in a news release.

The project, operating under an incentivised target cost contract, is anticipated to generate more than $1.4 billion in revenue for UGL and CPB Contractors.

The joint venture will manage the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the western segment of HumeLink, encompassing 148 kilometres of 500kV transmission lines, from the Snowy 2.0 connection at Maragle to Wagga Wagga.

Additionally, the project includes the construction of two new 500kV substations at Gugaa and Maragle and an augmentation at Transgrid’s existing Wagga Wagga 330kV substation.

Juan Santamaria, CIMIC Group executive chairman, expressed satisfaction with securing the western part of HumeLink, emphasising the project’s role in boosting the delivery of renewable energy across the national electricity grid.

“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,” he noted.

UGL Managing Director Doug Moss highlighted UGL’s extensive experience in high-voltage energy assets, underscoring the company’s commitment to leveraging its expertise for the successful delivery of this nationally significant project.

Jason Spears, CPB Contractors managing director, pointed out the company’s regional delivery experience and collaborative efforts with local businesses and communities to maximise economic benefits and create a positive skills legacy in the area.

The HumeLink project will progress in two stages, with early works commencing immediately and expected to conclude in mid-2024. This phase will encompass detailed design, investigations, procurement, and project mobilisation.

The second stage, involving main construction works, is scheduled to commence after all necessary project approvals have been obtained, with the final investment decision expected in mid-2024.