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

 


Contractors named fo Stage 1 of Central Plains Water project

Contractors named for $140m Stage 1 of Central Plains Water project


Initial construction preparation work on the Central Plains Irrigation scheme will commence next week following the appointment of Fulton Hogan/John Holland JV and Downer Group as the lead contractors for the $140 million Stage 1 programme.

Fulton Hogan/John Holland JV will undertake the construction of the headrace canal and bridges and Downers the pipe distribution network.

Last night at a special general meeting CPWL shareholders gave an overwhelming endorsement to proceed with the construction of the scheme.

Derek Crombie, CEO of Central Plains Water, said that the first six weeks will involve site preparation and establishment, and by late April heavy machinery will have commenced construction on the massive project.

“The CPW scheme is a game changer for agriculture and improvement of the environment in Central Canterbury and the start of a new economy for the province. To achieve our goal of having water available for all shareholders in the 20,000ha Stage 1 area we have to hit the ground running, and running very fast, with a monthly expenditure around $10 million

“In that respect we are very fortunate in that our two appointed contractors have recently completed similar-type projects in the area. Fulton Hogan has just completed work on the Tekapo canals in the Mackenzie Basin and Downers have been working on the Valetta Irrigation scheme in Mid Canterbury where they have upgraded the irrigation reticulation network from the existing open channel system to a piped network.

“In fact, in less that two months time we should be well on our way to having over 150 people working on a number of sites throughout the Stage 1 area,” he said.

Stage 1 will include:
· Building the 17km-long headrace canal and 130km-long pipe distribution network. From edge to edge, including side roads, the canal will be around 40m wide.

· For the headrace and canal, moving 1.9 million cubic metres of earth, which includes 377,000m3 of topsoil, the equivalent of removing the topsoil from 125 hectares. The contractors also need to install 550,000 square metres (55 hectares) of HDPE liner to prevent leakage from the canal.

· Building 13 bridges each spanning approximately 25m (10 on-farm bridges and 3 public road bridges).


“And this does not take into consideration the enormous amount of work that is going on behind the scenes. Our final land access discussions are taking place with landowners, and we are continuing to gather shareholder data in relation to nutrient management, irrigation use, and fertiliser application etc to assist us in building an accurate database of information as part of our submissions to the Land and Water Regional Plan hearings later in the year.”

CPWL is also under way with the design and construction planning for Stages 2 and 3 of the scheme.

“We are very mindful that a project of this magnitude, that will grow so quickly, will have a noticeable impact on the Hororata/ Dunsandel area so we will be undertaking a series of stakeholder engagement initiatives to ensure that everyone including landowners, shareholders, residents in the small towns, contractors and others involved in the construction are all aware of the scheme activities.

“Safety is our top priority, and we are just not talking about safety on-site. It’s also safety on the road as there will be a sharp increase in the amount of traffic in what are normally sedate country roads,” he said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news