Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Shortlist for Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme announced

10 April 2013
Shortlist for design and construction phase of Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme announced

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) Ltd has announced the two companies shortlisted for the design and construction phase of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS).

The two successful companies will now undertake design work for the scheme, with detailed costings expected by September 2013. This will give farmers a more accurate pricing for access to water from RWSS. It will also provide more information on the overall viability of the scheme.

The first is French-based contractor Bouygues Construction which operates globally on large infrastructure projects, including dams and has a subsidiary based in Australia. The second is a joint venture between a Spanish global infrastructure company Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) and Hawkins which is one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned construction companies.

HBRIC Ltd Chairman Dr Andy Pearce says there were five companies from throughout the world who expressed an interest in building the $230 million water storage scheme and an extensive process was undertaken to select the two successful companies.

“We set up an expert selection panel which looked at everything from the companies’ past experience in large infrastructure and dam building to their financial capability and ability to be innovative,” says Dr Pearce.

He says all five companies were of an extremely high standard and capable of delivering the scheme.

“The two companies we chose exceeded the selection panel’s expectations around understanding what is required through the design of the scheme and providing innovation for the dam and the distribution system.”

Dr Pearce says it was accepted early on in the selection process that the size, scale and technical requirements of the project are such that it was highly likely international expertise would be required for the job.

Both companies will now be involved in a competitive final design phase which concludes in August 2013 with a decision as to which of the two companies will be successful in bidding to build the project, should the scheme gain resource consent and proceed.

“This is a major milestone for the scheme because once we have detailed costings we will be in a better position to give farmers a more accurate idea of the price of accessing the water from the RWSS.”

Background Information

Bouygues Construction

Bouygues is a French-based contractor operating globally on large infrastructure projects including dams. It has extensive dam and water infrastructure experience and access to specialist equipment for major dam construction. It has a subsidiary based in Australia which includes a number of key staff with solid dam construction experience.

The dam design team is extremely strong. The dam engineering team is drawn from MWH, a global consulting firm with a number of New Zealand-based offices including Napier. Bouygues has construction experience in multiple dam types. Its distribution design team is from MWH and Opus. Opus is an international consultancy with an extensive network of regional offices in New Zealand, including Napier and a network of offices in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Both Opus and MWH are recognized in New Zealand for their strong dam and irrigation design capability and are actively working on New Zealand projects in this area.

OHL – Hawkins Joint Venture

Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) is established globally as one of the largest infrastructure players and is currently ranked 21st among the 225 largest international contractors. Hawkins is one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned construction companies.

The dam design team is led by GHD, an Australian-based consultancy with a strong New Zealand presence and good experience in detailed design of a range of dam types.

OHL has a very strong knowledge and experience of dams and are currently constructing three concrete faced rock fill dams.

Water Infrastructure Group NZ (WIG) would be involved in the irrigation distribution area, while GHD would cover the design of structures and canals. WIG has current design and construction experience with canal and pipe optimization work on the Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation scheme and Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other…

Reportedly, it was the breakdown of the relationship between the Pakistan Taliban and the Pakistan military – which for the first time, began bombing Taliban enclaves in the Tribal Federated Areas earlier this year – that led to this revenge attack on the school, which is attended by the children of the military. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Police: Phillip Smith Investigation Passport Charge

A 25 year-old man will appear in the Whanganui District Court today charged with the Passports Act offence of False Representations. The charges were laid on December 9 by the Auckland-based Phillip Smith investigation... More>>

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Party: Tribunal Report Confirms Iwi Ownership Of Lake Waikaremoana

“We are pleased for the claimants that eight years after the hearing began on Lake Waikaremoana they have some closure,” says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. “Most importantly, the report confirms freshwater is a taonga and identifies the ownership rights of Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāi Tamaterangi to the lake bed.” More>>

ALSO:

Climate Performance Report - Not Achieved: NZ Government Part Of Global Climate Problem

The New Zealand Government’s position on climate change is part of the global problem that we need to overcome if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

NSW Police Statement: Three Dead Following Martin Place Siege

About 2.10am (Tuesday 16 December), a confrontation occurred between police and a man who had taken a number of people hostage inside a café on Martin Place. Shots were fired during the confrontation. As a result, the 50-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Another man, aged 34, and a woman, aged 38, were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sydney Siege (And DHB Budget Cuts)
Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed... In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, columnist Peter Hartcher raises a different point – that the initial public response had been noticeably different to the agitated reactions of politicians and the media. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Income Inequality, And Yo Ho Ho Christmas Songs

As 2014 grinds to a close, we probably didn’t need one more reminder of this government’s ability to stare reality in the face and declare black to be a very fine shade of white... Yet on Wednesday, there was Finance Minister Bill English trying to tell RNZ that the OECD was (a) wrong (b) using old data and (c) somehow anti-growth and in any case (d) New Zealand allegedly already had a strongly re-distributive tax system... More>>

Werewolf: Public Health - The Silent Crisis

Gordon Campbell: New Zealand’s public health system has been in crisis for so long that its failings – and deteriorating performance vis a vis other developed countries – now tend to be treated as its normal mode of being. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: House Adjourns For Summer

Parliament has risen for the summer break with the Adjournment Motion agreed just after 5pm on Wednesday. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news