This is a 33-km stretch of motorway to improve transport to the east of Sydney. Dubbed WestConnex, the project is intended to make daily life easier for the 5.25 million inhabitants of Australia’s most populous city.
Its goal is to reconnect local communities currently separated by several lanes of motorway. By providing a better connection between the city centre and the suburbs, the new motorway will underpin the region’s economic and demographic growth. As part of this large-scale project, Bouygues Construction Australia (a subsidiary of Bouygues Travaux Publics) and its partners, Lendlease Engineering and Samsung C&T Corporation, are designing and building two four-lane motorway tunnels 7.5 km long. Work will begin in late 2018 and end in 2023. This project is the latest to be announced by Bouygues Construction in Australia.
Bouygues Construction in Australia: relationships going a long way back!
Bouygues Construction has been contributing to the country’s development for nearly 50 years through its subsidiaries VSL and Bouygues Travaux Publics. The Sydney Airport Link and the North Strathfield railway tunnel in New South Wales, the Go-Between Bridge and the Landsborough motorway projects in Queensland, and – with construction underway – NorthConnex (another motorway-tunnel project) and the Melbourne Metro. Those are all leading projects to improve users’ daily lives.
With a forecast growth rate of 3.5% in 2019 and a need for more infrastructure to support that development, Australia remains, more than ever, a land of opportunity in the field of transport infrastructure, but also those of energy and construction.
“Our vision is to be a multi-product, balanced and sustainable Australian company, making the most of synergies and capacity for innovation within the group”, explains Philippe Bouquet, Chairman of Bouygues Construction Australia.
Solar potential to exploit
Several years ago, the country decided only to make use of its exceptional potential for solar energy production.
Bouygues Energies & Services and Bouygues Bâtiment International, two other subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction, have signed numerous “EPC” (engineering, procurement, construction) contracts covering engineering, equipment supply and solar power station construction. There are also O&M (operation and maintenance) contracts associated with these projects: five solar power plants have been built in New South Wales on behalf of French developer Neoen. The most recent, with a capacity of 188 MWp, has just started operating in the town of Coleambally. It is the largest solar plant currently operating in the state of New South Wales. In Queensland, northeastern Australia, two solar plants belonging to the Australian developer Edify, accounting for a total capacity of 138 MWp, are being brought into operation.
Coleambally Solar Farm, a 550-hectare site in New South Wales
Lastly, in relation to the building trade, this summer, Bouygues Construction bought A W Edwards, a major player in the Australian construction sector. This is an opportunity to grow our operations in this very strategic market. Recently, A W Edwards has won several prizes for its ability to provide innovative and comprehensive solutions that can meet, or even exceed, customer expectations.