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Contract awarded for $1.7B North Qld project

CPB Contractors
CPB Contractors

Construction and an engineering companies have each won early work on a $1.7 billion energy development.

CPB Contractors and UGL recently secured the early contractor involvement contract for the CopperString 2.0 High Voltage Transmission Line between Townsville and Mount Isa.

The contractors owned by CIMIC Group will perform scoping, designing, site investigating and pricing work. They will also finalise the engineering, procurement and construction contract for substations and high voltage transmission lines, which will link Mount Isa’s electricity supply network to the National Electricity Market at Woodstock.

Three years of work

If everything proceeds smoothly, CPB and UGL will spend the next three years delivering the project.

This involves building:

  • a 275 kV AC double circuit transmission line, spanning 1100km between Woodstock and Chumvale
  • support towers made from either galvanised steel self-standing lattice or guyed galvanised steel lattice
  • four new substations at Chumvale and Woodstock where the line will be connected to the national electricity grid
  • two substation extensions
  • at least four construction zones with a central camp, project office and temporary construction camps
  • access tracks.

780 jobs

The project is promised to create 750 construction jobs plus a further 30 operational positions, starting as early as mid-2021.

Jobs will be advertised on both CIMIC’s and UGL’s careers website.

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“CPB Contractors will leverage its experience in delivering nation building infrastructure to ensure that this strategically important transmission line is completed in a safe and timely manner. In doing so, we will also create job and procurement opportunities for Queensland’s regional communities,” CPB managing director Jason Spears said in a public statement.

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