Downer awarded $600M contract to improve Qld’s water networks

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Engineering firm Downer today announced it has been awarded a new contract by Unitywater to deliver water, sewerage, and recycled water services in south-east Queensland.

The contract, valued at an estimated $600 million over the initial five-year term, will commence in May 2024 and includes three two-year extension options, the company said in an ASX announcement.

Under the contract, Downer will be responsible for delivering capital works for the water, sewerage, and recycled water networks within the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions.

This also includes work across Unitywater’s 17 sewerage treatment plants in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, and Moreton Bay regions. The programs will be executed under a collaborative, target cost commercial structure.

The full scope of work includes program management services, stakeholder management, business case development, and construction and commissioning of water and wastewater assets.

“With the award of this contract, Downer now supports water and wastewater services to more than 13 million Australians – more than half the Australian population,” said Peter Tompkins, CEO of Downer Group.

“This is an important contract award for Downer in a growth sector where Downer has industry-leading expertise,” he noted.

He also highlighted the strengthened relationship with Unitywater.

“We have previously partnered with Unitywater on a range of projects, however, this new long-term collaborative style contract will significantly expand our relationship,” Tompkins noted.

“We look forward to working closely with Unitywater to deliver these vital services to this rapidly growing region in south-east Queensland, and contributing to Unitywater’s net zero emissions targets as well as creating sustainable employment outcomes and opportunities for local service providers and suppliers,” he concluded.