THREE business groups will have until early 2015 to present their proposals after the Federal Government announced its project shortlist today for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said Range Connect, RangeLink and Nexus would progress to the Request for Proposal stage of the $1.6 billion project.
"These consortia were chosen following their demonstrated capacity and capability to deliver on a project of this magnitude and recent relevant experience on various infrastructure projects," Mr Truss said.
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls said shortlisted proponents would be provided with Request For Proposal documentation in the coming weeks to kicking off the interactive tender process.
"This project is expected to support more than 1800 full time equivalent jobs during the three year construction phase, with the road expected to be operational from mid to late 2018," Mr Nicholls said.
"Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is one of the State's highest infrastructure priorities, with $321.25 million allocated in the 2014-15 Budget."
Range Connect, RangeLink and Nexus will now have under six months to submit their detailed proposals with the winner to be selected shortly afterwards.
None of the three consortia are local entities though one has some Queensland connections
RangeLink is led by French-based firm Bouygues Construction and includes Darling Downs companies FK Gardner and Sons and Ostwald Bros as "sub-alliance partners".
Nexus is led by Plenary Group an expert in PPP (Public-Private Partnerships) with support from Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Samsung C&T Corporation, Acciona Concesiones and Transfield Services (Australia)
Range Connect is led by mining company Leighton with support from Thiess, Macquarie Capital (Australia) and Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds.
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