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Australia News Update 9th July 2019

Posted by: Paul Harris
Industry News

$630 million maintenance contract for Sydney trains

Sydney Trains has awarded a five-year extension to the contractor currently delivering maintenance and logistics services for part of its metropolitan passenger rail fleet. UGL, a CIMIC Group company, secured the five-year extension, effective from 1st July 2019, which replaces the two-year extension announced on 30 January 2019.

UGL will provide heavy maintenance, component overhaul and supply chain capabilities, coupled with engineering and depot-related support. The services will be delivered through UGL Unipart, a 70:30 joint venture between UGL and Unipart Rail UK.

The joint venture draws on both UGL’s asset management and maintenance capability and extensive knowledge of Sydney’s metropolitan passenger rail fleet, and Unipart Rail UK’s capacity to deliver world class supply chain services to both the rail and vehicle industries. The extension is expected to generate revenue of approximately $630 million to UGL, replacing the $277 million of revenue announced in January.

CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer, Michael Wright, said, “We are very pleased to be extending our long-standing relationship with Sydney Trains and Transport for NSW, building on a partnership that has spanned several decades. CIMIC Group, through its various operating companies including UGL, CPB Contractors, Pacific Partnerships and EIC Activities, provides a unique and market leading rail capability to the rail network owners and operators of NSW and beyond. Through this contract extension, UGL will provide value and optimal benefit for the people of New South Wales.”

UGL Managing Director, Jason Spears, said, “This significant contract extension further confirms UGL’s position as a market leader in rail maintenance and asset management, and our reputation for delivering reliable rolling stock asset management and maintenance.” Full story.

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Western Sydney Aerotropolis to apply smart cities expertise

The Western City and Aerotropolis Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an international resource management company to apply its smart city and energy solutions to Sydney’s Western Parkland City. It will apply its global capabilities in resource management to the region.

The company will advise on leading edge innovations and technologies to optimise the sustainable management of resources at the Aerotropolis, from recycling and reuse through to energy creation and smart water networks. According to the Greater Sydney Commission, the population of the Western Parkland City is projected to grow from 740,000 in 2016 to 1.1 million by 2036, and to well over 1.5 million by 2056.

The Commission’s vision of a ‘Metropolis of Three Cities’ imagines three integrated and connected cities that will re-balance Greater Sydney, placing housing, jobs, infrastructure and services within easier reach of more residents, no matter where they live.

The Aerotropolis, which is adjacent to the new $5.3 billion Western Sydney Nancy Bird Walton International Airport, is a joint initiative by the NSW and Federal Governments, aimed at attracting national and international investment and delivering education opportunities, enhanced liveability and 200,000 jobs across the new city.

SUEZ Director of Marketing, Communications and Smart Cities, Justin Frank, said the company seeks to play an integral role in the master planning of what will become Australia’s third largest city. "SUEZ has global expertise in master planning, critical infrastructure and resource management for smart cities and the Aerotropolis is an exciting opportunity for us to bring this knowledge to Australia,” Mr Frank said. “We have a unique chance here to establish the Western Parklands City internationally as a shining example of a more circular and integrated approach to resource management." Full story.

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