WaterNSW Portfolio Delivery Management Partner, Australia

Aurecon enables WaterNSW to take the major step in developing and delivering greater water security in regional Australia.

A major boost to Australia’s regional water security is being delivered through a partnership between WaterNSW and an Aurecon and KBR joint venture, which is providing Portfolio Delivery Management for WaterNSW’s infrastructure projects.

Aurecon and KBR are working in a blended team with WaterNSW to manage the planning and delivery of a large-scale water infrastructure portfolio. The first tranche of the WaterNSW portfolio alone includes more than $1 billion in capital expenditure on dam projects across New South Wales (NSW) with a range of further projects under development.

Along with the knowledge and experience of WaterNSW, the joint venture is providing additional expertise, technical sophistication and capacity to oversee the delivery of multiple major projects.

Services provided by Aurecon and KBR include enterprise PMO and delivery management services to oversee the delivery of multiple major projects, bringing together technical expertise and advisory capabilities from across the private and public sectors.

During recent years, NSW has experienced one of the most severe droughts on record across a vast geographical area. There have been extremely low inflows into water storages across the state and dam levels in some parts of NSW have reached critically low levels. While rain in some regions has eased drought conditions, WaterNSW is continuing to plan water supply and drought resilience projects to ensure water security into the long term.

WaterNSW has developed a comprehensive portfolio of critical water security projects, including the new and augmented dams announced by the NSW Government. WaterNSW is also carrying out planning for additional projects, including new pipelines and weirs and improved water supply infrastructure across the state.

In late 2019, WaterNSW, which supplies the state’s bulk water needs, sought organisations with capabilities in design, planning, project management, construction and a range of related advisory services interested in participating in this significant opportunity to play a part in the planning and delivery of water assets throughout the state. Aurecon and KBR were appointed following a highly competitive, open tendering process.

Based on a concept similar to the one pioneered during preparations for the London Olympics, the business partnership will provide WaterNSW with the necessary increased capacity to deliver a range of major projects concurrently.

A partnership approach

The partnership between WaterNSW and Aurecon and KBR is a major step forward in developing and delivering greater water security for communities across NSW.

The partnership will enable WaterNSW to boost its capacity to deliver the portfolio given its already large-scale responsibilities in managing water supplies and infrastructure across NSW.

A key emphasis of the joint venture’s work will be to collaborate closely with WaterNSW in developing increased capability to deliver an ongoing, long-term portfolio of projects and programs. The first tranche of major projects includes the first large-scale investments in dam building in NSW in decades.

New or upgraded dams will be built to increase storage capacity in key regions, including the Wyangala Dam Wall raising, the Dungowan Dam and the final business case for the Upper Mole River Dam.

Drought resilient communities

The portfolio of work to be delivered includes projects to respond to the current drought and future proof against future droughts, leaving a legacy of water resilience for regional NSW.

The projects and programs included in the portfolio will also boost local communities across NSW, with a focus on local jobs to support rural and regional economies throughout the state.

“We’re leading the way towards achieving an important and noble goal – to improve the state’s regional and metropolitan water security for more sustainable, resilient and thriving communities,” Aurecon’s Water Industry Director Kevin Werksman said.

Under this innovative delivery model, WaterNSW, Aurecon and KBR will work as a combined team to drive program and project delivery activities spanning business case development, financing and approvals, program planning, contractor procurement, construction performance management, commissioning and asset hand-over.

The portfolio will require a strong emphasis on the timely delivery of critical infrastructure projects working closely with the supply chain, industry, stakeholders and the community to maximise local opportunities from these critical projects.

The Aurecon and KBR joint venture extends the strong collaboration between our two companies having supported the management of SA Water’s capital plan program in South Australia since mid-2019.

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