Energy and Infrastructure Opportunities

Inland Rail

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is focused on a timely delivery of the Inland Rail project and with support from governments, in partnership with the private sector and hand-in-hand with the community, they will ensure as many of the benefits as possible from Inland Rail will flow into local regions.

As of 26 November 2018 ARTC had 187 live contracts for materials, goods and services worth $637 million. This major project is expected to deliver an estimated 2,300 new jobs in the Darling Downs region and with the ARTC committed to using local suppliers and labour where possible it provides local businesses with opportunities.

TSBE is developing a Rail Capability Profile for the region. This profile will help TSBE recognise suitably skilled and experienced suppliers and contractors in the region and will be utilised to identify potential skill shortages.

If you haven’t registered your interest yet please click HERE to register, if you have registered keep your eye out for a supplier assessment to be released shortly.

New Acland Mine Stage 3 Expansion (NAC03)

In March 2019, New Hope Group was advised by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) that they have granted the application to amend the Environmental Authority (EA) for the New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project. The EA approval is great news for the local community but we still have a way to go before fully securing the other licenses.

While the company is making progress with the Government, time is running out. Despite long and protracted efforts to obtain key approvals for Stage 3, New Acland is yet to be granted mining leases, the Associated Water License and approval to continue to use the Jondaryan Rail Facility on a transitional basis.

The company requires these approvals before September 1 to ensure the continuity of operations and employment for approximately 300 employees and 500 contractors currently engaged at the New Acland mine.  If these approvals are not forthcoming, 150 workers at the site will be made redundant in late October.

The only way this can be averted is if all State Government approvals are granted by September 1.

NAC commenced the approvals process for Stage 3 more than 12 years ago. New Hope is committed to NAC Stage 3 and will continue to push for approvals. Without approvals mining will continue at NAC until early 2021, at a much reduced rate, at which point supply will be exhausted and the mine will close.

NewHope group are actively seeking supplier interest in the lead up to announcements surrounding approvals.  

Guidance for Suppliers

In addition to general information, TSBE is available to assist members connect and engage with New Hope Group in regards to the New Acland Mine Stage 3 Expansion project. For more information, please contact the TSBE team: [email protected].

CSG Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Phase Opportunity

The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase for a project involves ongoing work over a long period of time – until project close. Three currently sanctioned projects exist in the Surat Basin, with each having a project life of up to 20 years due to offtake agreements of the sold gas. Project life is however, dependent on existing tenements for existing infrastructure, which can extend a project’s life.

Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Contracts

Contracts for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase of projects will be dealt out to large high value firms for a long term period. Supply chain businesses can work with these O&M contractors who run or maintain the plants by providing certain products and services to assist them with their operations.

TSBE has been advised that many of the larger companies are largely self-sufficient for work of a specialised technical nature. Often, their divisions can provide in-house comprehensive mechanical and electrical services to manage and maintain their facilities and equipment. This operational segment can also offer consultancy services focusing on plant optimisation and asset management.

Current examples of contracts in the O&M phase of Surat Basin gas projects include Veolia Water, Transfield Services, GE Oil & Gas and Siemens.

Engagement Process

In time, strong opportunities will also present for trade-based businesses (servicing/call-outs/shutdown assistance/technical assistance/part replacement) and metal fabricators (facility repair/maintenance/small extensions). Opportunities will also present for pipeline maintenance, require some land easement, access management – weed, pest, regrowth controlling.

Guidance for Suppliers

TSBE can offer support and assistance to suppliers looking to compete for work in coal seam gas (CSG) projects. To better understand how your business can put its best foot forward when competing for work in the CSG industry please review TSBE’s Guidance for Suppliers Fact Sheet.

Other Opportunities

There are a number of other opportunities that TSBE can assist businesses in the supply chain gain access to. Some of these opportunities exist within the following areas:

  • Major Projects 
  • Local Government Procurement
  • State Government Procurement
  • Defence – Familiarisation with opportunities for procurement with Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)


A number of State and Federal grants are available for application. Please follow the links below for more information:

Queensland Government Grants 

Federal Government Grants

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