The project to build a 61-kilometre potable water pipeline from Orange to Carcoar has reached a new milestone with the project going out to tender for construction work this week.

The tender documents have been sent to seven construction companies which were short-listed after a selection process in June.

Orange City Council’s technical Services Director Chris Devitt said the pre-selection process gives potential contractors more time to prepare for the project.

“The credentials and experience of each of the seven companies has been assessed,” Mr Devitt said.

“The pre-selection short-list results in tenderers who are more familiar with the project and will be better prepared to put in a well-planned tender.”

The tender documents include a concept design of the two-way underground pipeline and a detailed route for the pipeline from Orange to Carcoar, via Spring Hill, Millthorpe and Blayney.

It is proposed that most of the pipeline would be built in road corridors, with only small sections in private agricultural land.

Stage 1 of the project, from Orange to Blayney, received $21.21 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program, and is being delivered by Orange City Council and Central Tablelands Water (CTW).

Central Tablelands Water is currently applying for funding of Stage 2 of the project, for the section between Blayney and Carcoar.

It’s expected that the tenders from construction companies would be considered in November and the timetable for the project expects work to begin early in the new year.

General Manager of Central Tablelands Water (CTW), Gavin Rhodes said that he was thrilled to see the progress of the tendering process.

“While we were very happy that construction of the first stage would begin in early 2017, CTW are also looking ahead to progressing the Stage 2 works which is currently unfunded, but considered crucial to delivering the full benefits of the overarching project,” Mr Rhodes said.


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