Guthalungra Prawn Farm

Project Value: $150m

The Guthalungra prawn farm – located 40 kilometres north of Bowen and adjacent to Elliot River – will be the second North Queensland aquaculture project for Pacific Reef Fisheries, who are already operating a facility in Ayr.  The farm with produce black tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) which is a fast-growing tropical to subtropical species suited to warm, brackish waters. The black tiger prawn is one of 3 prawn species farmed in Queensland, and the main species farmed in Australia.

The Guthalungra prawns will be grown using a world-first bioremediation technology created in conjunction with James Cook University.  The project will also set a new global benchmark for aquaculture water remediation, with algae to be used to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from waste water so the facility operates at zero net discharge.  Incorporating 170 Ha of prawn ponds, dual 7km ocean inlet and outlet pipelines along with 10Ha of bioremediation, the farm will incorporate new technology aimed at increasing yield whilst minimising operational costs. 

Ormes Project Solutions was engaged in mid 2019 to project manage the redesign, approvals and construction of the state-of-the-art facility.  Construction is expected to commence in 2021 with the first harvest of prawns in early 2022.


Townsville Cycle Club Velodrome

Project Value: $2m

The Townsville Cycle Club is located in Idalia, Townsville and owns and operates one of the few banked velodromes in regional Queensland.  Following significant damage caused by the February 2019 Townsville monsoon event, the Townsville Cycle Club was successful in securing a grant under the Commonwealth – Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to demolish the existing facility and replace it with an international standard 250m concrete velodrome.

Ormes Project Solutions assisted the club with the preparation of the funding application and subsequently was, in partnership with another local Project Management firm, awarded the Project Management responsibility following a competitive procurement process.  Design of the facility is expected to be completed in mid 2020 with the construction of the new velodrome planned for the end of 2020.

    Cleveland Bay Purification Plant Upgrade

    Project Value: $3.5m

    The Cleveland Bay Purification Plant treats a large portion of Townsville’s wastewater, which needs to meet a suitable standard before being discharged into the environment. The plant now needs further upgrading to treat larger amounts of wastewater and meet current and future demands and industry standards.

    The upgrades will cost $51 million — $31 million contributed by Townsville City Council and $20 million from the Queensland Government under its critical infrastructure funding program.  The construction contract was awarded to Monadelphous Engineering in June 2017 and construction commenced in July 2017.

    Ormes Project Solutions (OPS) provided Project Management services for subcontractor NQ Excavations Pty Ltd (NQE) in the construction of the underground services package valued at $3.5m.  A 13 month project, OPS ensured NQE’s interests were protected commercially as well as provided high level guidance and support to the project team.


    Townsville City Bus Hub

    Project Value: $6m

    Townsville City Council in partnership with the Queensland State Government is delivering a new Townsville City Bus Station. The Station will be situated in Ogden and Hanran Streets and will allow Sunbus services to pass through a single arrival and departure point in the CBD.

    The bus station will provide bus passenger set down and pick up in close proximity to Flinders Street, Ross Creek, future waterfront redevelopments and the new stadium. The project is partly funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, with Townsville City Council managing the design and construction of the Townsville City Bus Station.

    Ormes Project Solutions (OPS) was responsible for all work from handover of the business case through to preparation of tender documentation for the construction contractor including:

    • Development of procurement strategy
    • Development of tender documentation and leading the procurement process for Engineering / Architectural Design Consultant
    • Design Management
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Procurement and Management of Demolition Contractor for early works package

    Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project

    Project Value: $215m

    The Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project (HPDP) involves the duplication of a fully functioning and sustainable 36.5km pipeline from the Haughton Pump Station to the Ross River Dam.

    A backup to the Ross River Dam, the HPDP will provide a bulk raw water supply link to the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme. The pipeline is capable of pumping raw water into the Ross River Dam to augment or “top up” water levels during periods of very low rainfall.

    Ormes Project Solutions (OPS) worked as an integral part of the project management team providing advice on procurement strategy, probity and commercial and contractual matters.  OPS undertook the role of Superintendent’s Representative on the first construction package of the project and continues to provide ongoing support to the team.


    CBD Utilities Upgrade Project

    Project Value: $55m

    Recent performance assessments of the CBD water and sewer networks indicated that the network was deficient in fully meeting design flow and pressure requirements. These deficiencies were significantly exacerbated in the medium term as increased demand occurs with the forecast ongoing redevelopment of the CBD and surrounds.  Due to the age of the existing infrastructure, many of the watermains suffered from tuberculation that substantially further reduced their capacity.

    In order to satisfy projected water demands within the CBD, a broad range of upgrades to the water and sewer networks were required. This involved both the augmentation and replacement of many of the mains within the CBD area. The  project also involved the provision of additional reservoir storage capacity in the form of a new major reservoir at Echlin Street, along with the necessary interconnecting watermains.

     The project was delivered via a bespoke single stage construction management contract derived specifically for the project and designed to ensure key project objectives such as continuity of supply, minimisation of impact on businesses and residences and the maximisation of the use of local content were achieved.  This contract model provided the flexibility to not only ensure the project was delivered 12 months ahead of time, but also allowed for the inclusion of additional scope items as the project realised savings along the way.


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