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Norfolk Group and Alliance Partners nominated as preferred proponent for $1 billion RailCorp Program


Norfolk Group Limited (ASX: NFK) subsidiary O’Donnell Griffin, along with alliance partners Laing O’Rourke and Connell Wagner, have been nominated as the preferred proponent for the RailCorp Program Alliance (RPA) valued at up to $1 billion, by Rail Corporation New South Wales (RailCorp) and the NSW State Government.

The alliance program will involve the delivery of essential signalling, electrical and track projects over five years from December 2008, with the option of a further five-year extension. This program will also develop critical technical skills and assist RailCorp with business transformation.

O’Donnell Griffin joined forces with Laing O’Rourke and Connell Wagner to form the Novo Rail alliance team, offering RailCorp a “whole of project” capability including industry-leading program management, rail system design and rail infrastructure delivery.

The combined experience and capabilities of Novo Rail provides RailCorp with unrivalled reliability, resources, innovation, process-engineering, stakeholder management and cost efficiencies.

O’Donnell Griffin’s component of the alliance contract is estimated to be worth up to $400 million over the next five years.

This win for O’Donnell Griffin’s Rail business follows other recent contract wins in the rail sector, including the Wodonga Rail Bypass in Victoria, and the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group project and the Revesby Turnback Signalling works, both in NSW.

Mobilisation of the team to deliver the work will commence in December 2008, with construction scheduled to commence in April 2009.

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