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Project Background

The Department of Infrastructure and Planning and the Coordinator General were tasked by the Queensland Government to facilitate enabling infrastructure for the development of the LNG industry in Queensland. Curtis Island was selected as the site for the liquification plants and export facilities.

Curtis Island is separated from the Mainland by the Great Sandy Strait. The Strait is a popular boating and sailing passage and well known cyclone refuge.

No road access exists to the island exist. Massive cost and time savings could be realised with the early provision of a heavy haulage road to the island.

CPM was engaged to manage and lead the Development Phase of a new road bridge to connect Curtis Island to the mainland near Gladstone. The work included leading:

  • route assessment,
  • early geotechnical investigation,
  • concept design,
  • project schedule and programming
  • estimation of cost,
  • risk assessment and financial modelling
  • cost benefit analysis
  • business case preparation
  • negotiation and documentation of funding agreements with the LNG companies
  • selection and approval of procurement methodology

The project proved massive overall cost benefits (>$300m) could be realised if the bridge and connecting road were built before construction on the island was due to start. Unfortunately this required commitment of the estimated $500m 12 to 18 months prior to Final Investment Decisions by the LNG companies. Neither the government, nor the LNG companies were willing to risk early commitment and the project was shelved.

Project Value


Contract Period

Oct 2008 to June 2009


Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP)

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