Monthly Archives: September 2016

Australia: Construction and Infrastructure Projects

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Construction in Australia

This page will cover up-and-coming construction projects in Australia. If there’s anything you want to discuss, please feel free to touch base with contracts and claims manager Lisa Dudzik.

When I’m not busy with my post grad law studies or out on site with my clients, I spend most of my time keeping up to date with the latest construction projects happening around the world. I’m eternally grateful that the Internet makes this possible, allowing me to jump from one website and one country to another to find out what’s new.

In Australia in particular, I’m excited about infrastructure and construction projects that address needs and solve problems. I’m also interested in projects that make Australia more competitive and attractive to the tourism sector.

Here’s one project currently underway in Australia I’d like to feature:

Perth Stadium and Stadium Railway

Billed as the third largest stadium in Australia, Perth Stadium is located in Burswood and will have a capacity of 60,000 people. Right on track to finish construction by 2018, the stadium was initially planned to be built at either Kitchener Park or East Perth.

Prior to finalizing the plans of the Western Australian government on how to go about building Perth Stadium, there were talks and proposals to redevelop the Subiaco Oval, which has a 40,000-seating capacity. However, there were also plans to demolish the stadium to give way for a new major sports event venue. Instead of redeveloping the Subiaco Oval, there was a proposal to build a new and modern 60,000-seat stadium. This plan was given the green light, but the project failed to push through, in part because of the election of a new state governor.

From Subiaco Oval, Perth Stadium finally found its home in Burswood. One notable fact about this major sports venue is that there are plans to build a stadium railway as well. Construction of the stadium railway has already begun and will see completion in 2017, roughly around the same time Perth Stadium will be finished. The railway is seen to ferry as many as 28,000 people within an hour of an event.

Government officials have made it clear that there will be no car park zones or buildings for the new sports venue. To get to Perth Stadium, one will have to walk or take the railway, which is a plus in my book regarding community and environmentally friendly design. The railway will also be connected to the Central Business District to ensure there are enough entry and exit points for people to get around the area.

So what does the government envision Perth Stadium to be? Of course, Perth Stadium will cater to sporting events like football, rugby, cricket, and soccer games. Cultural events such as concerts can also be staged here. Right now, construction of the stadium is seen to reach a budget of over $1.5 billion, but until 2018, there is reason to expect higher figures.

For more of Australia’s construction and infrastructure projects in the pipeline, kindly stay tuned to this page for more updates.

Lisa Dudzik: Construction and Project Planning

This blog entry by contracts and claims manager Lisa Dudzik will expound on the importance of project planning with respect to protecting the environment. In two separate news items, Lisa shares her thoughts about the environment and the potential of mega projects in the field of energy generation from waste.

Yeelirrie Uranium Deposit No Go

Australians and environmentalists alike recently welcomed the decision by the Environmental Protection Authority or EPA rejecting proposals to develop a new uranium mine in Western Australia. The developer, Cameco, expressed interest to build a new uranium mine in Yeelirrie, one of the country’s largest undeveloped uranium deposits. Seen to hold some 127 million pounds of uranium, the proposed site would have had two open pits, processing facilities, and housing for workers to support extraction of some 7,500 tons of uranium oxide concentrate per year.

The state EPA rejected the proposal, on account of the tiny subterranean fauna found on the site. Yeelirrie is habitat to 73 species of stygofauna, a group of crustaceans and invertebrates that live in groundwater. While the EPA acknowledged the Canadian developer’s sound management strategies for raising the viability of the proposed mine, they nevertheless deemed that the wildlife risks on the site are too great and that the mine will not be given a green signal.

On its part, representatives of Cameco have declared that they respect the decision of the Australian government and that they are willing to work together to improve working conditions to protect the stygofauna. Australia is currently the third largest producer of uranium in the world, next to Kazakhstan and Canada. The country had shipped some 6,700 tons of uranium oxide concentrate valued at AU$ 622 million in 2014.

In highly sensitive projects such as this where there are components of nuclear power involved, project planning becomes even more important so as not to violate environmental regulations, and to protect the local community and wildlife in the area. The Yeelirrie uranium deposit is around 400 miles away from Perth.

Covanta’s Waste-to-Energy

Meanwhile, Covanta’s new waste-to-energy facility in Poolbeg, Dublin Port is reported to be near completion. Once the 58-MW energy facility goes online, it is seen to contribute and translate to the energy company’s improving financial standing.

Dublin’s waste market isn’t the only one undergoing rapid shrinking landfill capacities; many other mega cities face the same problems, which is where the opportunity for more waste-to-energy projects lie.

In Perth, Covanta is already busy working in the early development stages of construction planning on a different waste-to-energy project. They are reportedly working on building a worldclass facility that’s within costs and is feasible to their timeline. Other locations they have waste-to-energy projects are in the United Kingdom.

While there is no official word on the project yet, it wouldn’t be preemptive to say that Perth definitely has room for mega projects such as this, which can significantly help reduce the city’s waste.

For more updates on mega construction projects by Lisa Dudzik, please stay tuned to her blog.