Construction giants shortlisted to deliver East West Link

Premier Dr Denis Napthine and Treasurer Michael O’Brien today announced the shortlist of consortia vying to deliver the East West Link, with global and Australian construction giants in the race to build the landmark project.

“Without doubt this is the strongest field ever assembled for a major Australian construction project,” Dr Napthine said.
“We have assembled the global might of the world’s leading tunneling firms, as well as every major Australian construction firm.
“We expected to get the ‘best of the best’ bidding for East West Link, but the strength of the bidding teams has surpassed our highest expectations.”

The Victorian Coalition Government has shortlisted three consortia after considering four expressions of interest to deliver the project. The shortlisted groups are:

• East West Connect
• Inner Link Group
• Momentum Infrastructure

Treasurer Michael O’Brien said all short-listed bidders had strong financial credentials that would support the project moving quickly to the construction phase in 2014.

“It is exciting to see such a competitive field of international and Australian bidders,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I have no doubt this competition with three shortlisted bidders will drive value for money for Victorian taxpayers.”

The next step for the project will be the release of a Request for Proposal to the shortlisted bidders, which will be finalised in October.

“The Coalition Government has done its due diligence to ensure the East West Link will be a success and deliver value for money for Victorians, in partnership with the private sector,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The 2013-14 Victorian Budget has allowed for the state’s full contribution for the delivery of Stage One of the East West Link, and we welcome the Abbott Government’s commitment of $1.5 billion to help deliver the project.”

Contracts to deliver the project will be awarded in late 2014 with completion anticipated in 2019-20.

Details on the three shortlisted bidders

East West Connect
The East West Connect Consortium comprises Capella Capital, Lend Lease, Acciona and Bouygues. Members have experience in significant projects both in Australian and overseas, including Legacy Way (Brisbane), Pajares Tunnel (Spain), Peninsula Link (Melbourne) and Port of Miami Tunnel (Miami).

Inner Link Group
The Inner Link Group Consortium comprises Cintra Infraestructuras S.A, Retail Employees Superannuation, Samsung C&T Corporation, Ferrovial Agroman (Australia), Ghella, Transfield Services (Australia), and Macquarie Capital (Australia) Pty Ltd. The group has been involved in significant local and international projects including 407ETR (Canada); EastLink (Melbourne); Incheon Bridge (South Korea) and Legacy Way (Brisbane).

Momentum Infrastructure
The Momentum Infrastructure Consortium is made up of John Holland, Dragados Australia, Leighton Contractors, Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras S.A and The Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ. Members have worked on significant projects both in Australia and overseas, including EastLink and CityLink (Melbourne), Airport Link (Brisbane), CLEM7 (Brisbane), Lane Cove Tunnel (Sydney), Alaskan Way (Seattle), Madrid M-30 (Spain) and Interstate595 (Florida).

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