Press Release

December 18, 2023

AECOM joint venture appointed by Australia’s Sunwater as Engineering and Professional Services Partner


DALLAS (December 18, 2023) — AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced that Sunwater has appointed an AECOM joint venture as Engineering and Professional Services Partner for the Queensland, Australia bulk water service provider. Sunwater’s dams and pipeline delivers around 40 percent of the water used commercially in Queensland — more than 1.3 million megaliters a year.  

As part of the Prosperity joint venture with Jacobs, AECOM will support Sunwater in achieving its strategic goals and operational objectives through a long-term sole partner arrangement that will enable meaningful collaboration and expand Sunwater’s capacity and capability to meet current and future demand for engineering and professional services.

“Sunwater has a proud legacy of delivering bulk water infrastructure for Queensland’s agricultural, urban, and industrial customers for over 80 years, and we are honored to expand our partnership to help develop and deliver its pipeline of major infrastructure projects,” said Mark McManamny, chief executive of AECOM’s Australia and New Zealand region. “AECOM has a rich history of collaboration with Sunwater and, as the joint venture named as the sole Engineering and Professional Services Provider, our technical specialists will draw on our deep experience in delivering complex programs to unlock the benefits of a longer-term program management approach.”

“To successfully deliver a substantial and complex capital works program, Sunwater needs to work with the industry’s best,” said Sunwater CEO Glenn Stockton. “Our partnership with the Prosperity Joint Venture will provide the additional skills and capabilities our workforce needs to ensure we continue to build, operate and maintain water infrastructure assets critical to Queensland’s economy. It lays the foundation for capacity growth, bringing together recognized industry leaders to support Sunwater to safely deliver high quality projects that deliver water for prosperity for future generations.”  

Sunwater, a statutory Queensland Government-owned corporation, owns AUD$13.7B in assets and operate 31 Bulk Water and Irrigation Supply schemes and 14 pipelines that extend from the lower Mary River, north of Gympie to Mareeba in far north Queensland, south-west of the State from Toowoomba to St George and north-west almost to Cloncurry. These schemes and pipelines comprise 19 dams, 64 weirs and barrages, 3 off-stream storages, 6 water treatment plants, 70 major pumping stations, 1,951km of pipes and 595km of irrigation channels.

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