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A clutch of local construction contractors has been appointed to participate in an interactive tender process for the second stage of Townsville’s Haughton pipeline project.

Townsville City Council said work on the $195 million State-funded project had hit a number of milestones in recent weeks.

Stage 2 will see the existing water pipeline extended from the Haughton River to the Burdekin River near Clare and will include about 33km of pipe as well as the construction of a new pump station and high voltage power supply infrastructure.

BMD, CivilPlus, Jackson Semler, Mendi and NQ Excavations were appointed to participate in the interactive tender process for installation of pipelines and construction of the pumpstation, however NQ Excavations has withdrawn from the process after a decision by its owners to retire.

The council, which is managing the stage 2 pipeline project, has engaged a number of specialist external consultants to undertake front-end engineering and design forpipe alignment, materials and pump station requirements.

“Detailed capital and operational costs continue to be validated against independent cost estimates prior to making a recommendation to council,” Mayor Jenny Hill said.

“Private and commercial landowners have been consulted on the options for the pipe alignment and three landowner access agreement have already been agreed.

“The project team has also engaged with the traditional custodians of the land along the proposed pipe alignment options and entered into a Cultural Heritage Management Agreement.”

She said suppliers and manufacturers of long-lead materials and equipment had been engaged to participate in the tender process for pipes, pumps and fittings supplies.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said providing funding for water security for the city was essential.

“The State Government has invested more than $400 million in stages one and two of the Haughton Pipeline because we know it will set Townsville up for the future,” he said.

“I’m excited about the opportunities that are out there for Townsville’s economy moving forward and that’s what this government is focused on.”

Cr Hill said stage 1 of the Haughton pipeline project had provided a tremendous boost to the local economy, with around 95 per cent of the construction work delivered by locally-based contractors.

“We want to repeat that with stage 2. That’s why council will package the works into smaller parcels of work to give local businesses the opportunity to tender for it,” she said.