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Tender awarded to repair Boondooma Dam spillway

The Federal Government has locked in $483 million to build the Urannah Dam in the Broken River Valley, in Central Queensland.

The Queensland Government has appointed the contractor for the $50 million project in the state’s South Burnett region.The Queensland Government has appointed the contractor for the $50 million project to repair the Boondooma Dam spillway in the state’s South Burnett region.

Fulton Hogan has been awarded the contract to undertake the repair work for the spillway, which Queensland Water and Energy Minister Mark Bailey said is essential to maintain secure and efficient water supply for the region’s industry.

“Boondooma Dam provides critical water supply for agricultural, domestic and industrial customers, including one of the state’s largest electricity generating sites – Tarong Power Station,” Mr Bailey said in a statement.

The repair works will address the damage sustained during the 2011 and 2013 Queensland floods.

“Detailed assessments were undertaken immediately after the floods to identified priority works to minimise the impact of future extreme weather events on the dam spillway,” said Mr. Bailey.

“Our engineering team has completed extensive drilling, geotechnical surveying and hydraulic modelling to identify the most effective and cost efficient design for the repairs.”

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said in the statement that Fulton Hogan is highly experienced in regional water infrastructure construction.

“Fulton Hogan will undertake works to strengthen the spillway chute, which will include the installation of additional defensive anchors and concrete protection of the spillway walls,” Mr. Pitt said.

“SunWater are confident that the dam and construction works present no additional risk to downstream residents.

“In 2013, the dam safely passed the most significant flood event on record and, based on expert analysis of the current infrastructure, we’re confident there are no immediate safety issues.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in January next year.

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