The objective of this webinar today is to introduce UK companies to the opportunities in the Australian Rail sector.I will be joined by Peter Koning; Technical Director at AECOM PTY, Steve Tonks; General Manager Supply Chain, UGL/Unipart, and Steve Scriven; Sales Director Unipart RailThey will present their expert knowledge and their experiences over the past five years in the Australian Rail sector.
The Australian rail sector is an attractive and growing market that provides activity to UK companies as well as to International competitors.Increased demand has placed a substantial strain on the rail networks across Australia. Demand is expected to continue to increase over the next five years as the Australian population continues to grow and strong growth in economic activity continues in the longer term. Australia’s urban passenger rail networks each have distinct characteristics and challenges.Sydney and Melbourne have the most extensive systems which were expanded in the late 19th century and electrified in the early 20th century. Perth and Brisbane have modernised their networks relatively recently—Brisbane in the late 1970s and Perth in the early 1990s. Perth has also expanded its passenger network extensively in the last 20 years.Each State government is seeking to enhance the reach and capacity of their respective passenger and freight networks. Long term plans for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane include relieving capacity constraints at the centre of their networks. Perth and Adelaide do not share the capacity constraints of the larger networks. Plans for Perth and Adelaide include potential extensions and upgrades of existing heavy rail lines.
There are several opportunities for UK rail companies across several sub sectors, as you can see here on the screen.
The 2013 Budget saw the Government bring forward the second round of its Nation Building funding programme, with a headline figure of $24 billion over five years.The second phase of the Nation Building Programme is timed to follow concurrently from the first phase of the programme which finishes at the end of the 2013-14 Budget year. The first phase of the programme totalled $36 billion over six years. Of the $24 billion of funding commitments included in the second phase of the Nation Building Programme, around $13.5 billion is allocated in the forward estimates to 2016-17, with remaining funding falling outside the current Budget horizon.Headline projects in the rail industry to be funded under Nation Building Programmes include the Melbourne Metro and the Brisbane Cross River Rail project.The Budget contained a number of significant transport project commitments under the second phase of the Nation Building Programme. Additional details of funding for major projects include: $500 million for the Perth Light Rail Project, and $75 million for the Port Botany rail line upgrade.
24 June 2013Australian RailwaySectorOpportunities for UK Companies
Speakers• Introducing UK companies to opportunities in the AustralianRailway Sector• Peter Koning: Technical Director at AECOM PTY• Steve Tonks: General Manager Supply Chain, UGL/Unipart• Steve Scriven: Sales Director Unipart Rail
An Overview of Australia•Australia is an island continent and the world’s sixthlargest country (7,682,300 sq km).•Estimated resident population is 22.3 million andpredicted to reach 35.9 million by 2050.•All states/territories have separate governments, sittingunder federal government with regulations varyingbetween them.•Largest and most populous cities are Sydney,Melbourne and Brisbane.
Why Australia?•Best performing OECD country economically, with goodgrowth prospects•In the 2013 Budget the Government brought forward thesecond round of its Nation Building funding programme,with a headline figure of $24 billion over five years.•In the year ending 30 June 2012, engineering constructionon economic infrastructure was $58.16 billion, there is stilla phenomenal amount of infrastructure and engineeringconstruction activity in the system and scheduled forcompletion
Railway Industry in Australia• Attractive and growing market• Increased demand placing strain on rail networks acrossAustralia• Urban passenger networks each face distinctivechallenges• Enhancement of passenger and freight networks issought by each state government with long term plans inplace for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in particular.
Opportunities in the Railway Industry• Advisory• Technical Standard Harmonisation• Telecommunications• Signalling• Financing and PPP’s• Asset Management
Rail Projects in AustraliaProjects with committed fundingAustralian Rail and Track Corporation: Upgrades to the Northern SydneyFreight Line between North Strathfield and Newcastle, Commenced in2012, Expected Completion: 2016; Cost: $1110mAustralian Transport and Energy Corridor: Construction of an inland railwayfrom Surat coal basin to the Port of Gladstone, Construction to commence in thecoming months, Expected completion: 2014; Cost: $1000mQueensland DTMR: Cross River Rail – 18km north-south rail line in theBrisbane CBD, Plans announcedExpected Completion: N/A; Cost: $4500mThe North West Rail Link A 23 kilometre extension –including 16.9 kilometresin tunnel- to the existing City Rail network from Epping to Rouse Hill .Estimated capital cost of the project is $7.5 to $8.5 billion.Perth Rail Public Transport Package $500 million over 10 years to deliver apublic transport project in Perth", either the $1.8 billion MAX light railsystem or the $1.9 billion rail line to Perth Airport.;
The Nation BuildingProgrammePotential ProjectsNSW State Light Rail -project cost is an estimated $1.6 billion.NSW State Rail Authority: Western Express City Rail Service – newunderground platforms at several central stations,Start date 2015, Expected Completion: N/A Cost: $5430mMelbourne Metro - $3 billion contingent on matched funding from the VictorianGovernment, flagged for delivery as an availability Public Private Partnership(PPP), with the Commonwealth Government also noting an additional provisionto support future availability payments;$75.0 million for the Port Botany rail line upgrade to improve access andconnectivity between the port and the future Moorebank Intermodal Terminaland future planning for the Metropolitan Freight Network. Access andconnectivity between the port and the future Moorebank Intermodal Terminaland future planning for the Metropolitan Freight Network.
How Can UKTI Assist British Companies in Australia?• Find local contacts to help your business grow,through our Overseas Market Introduction Service(OMIS)• Carry out in-depth research on the market toyour specifications• Product launches and PR and marketingsupport• Help you attend trade fairs and missions
Keep In Contact with UKTI AustraliaLeah GartnerSenior Trade Development ManagerRailways, Advanced Engineering and MarineLeah.Gartner@fco.gov.ukAsk questions at the end of thiswebinar or follow the conversationon LinkedInKeep in touch with the latestAustralian business opportunitiesFollow us on twitter @uktiaustralia