Pipe builder picked
Seqwater has selected a builder for its near-$100 million pipe project.
Seqwater has appointed Comdain Infrastructure to design and construct the $95 million, 27-kilometre South West Pipeline, expected to take up to 18 months to complete.
The new pipe will connect the town of Beaudesert to the SEQ Water Grid, making it easier to move water into the growing region when needed.
The bulk water pipeline includes a three-kilometre section which will connect the site to the Flagstone development area and the SEQ Water Grid pipeline network.
A further 24-kilometre bulk water pipeline will be constructed to deliver water to the recently completed Helen St Storage Reservoirs in Beaudesert.
Seqwater chief Neil Brennan says the project is on track, with construction to begin in mid-2021.
“Almost 90 per cent of the jobs for the construction of the pipeline will be taken up by local tradespeople, while the remainder will go to workers from Queensland and other states,” Mr Brennan said.
“The pipeline is the second stage of the Beaudesert Water Supply Upgrade, the long-term water supply solution for the Scenic Rim, supporting continued population and economic growth.”
Mr Brennan said the need to connect Beaudesert to the grid is a sign that the region is changing.
“The existing Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant was built to serve a small town at the centre of a farming and grazing community,” he said.
“Since then, the population of Beaudesert has grown, and the town has transformed into a significant regional hub.”
The new pipeline will be predominantly within an existing rural road reserve and is not expected to significantly impact on farms or businesses along the proposed alignment.