“Design and building companies incur vital expense when bidding for infrastructure initiatives,” it mentioned in an announcement.
“Reimbursement promotes competitors within the tender course of, guaranteeing one of the best worth for taxpayers.”
Greater than 5 years in the past, the state provided to compensate the dropping bidders within the competitors to run Sydney’s north west metro rail line from Chatswood to Rouse Hill.
Shortly earlier than the newest tender closed a number of weeks in the past, Lendlease pulled out of the three way partnership bid for the interchange, leaving John Holland and CPB vying in opposition to a consortium of Italian contractor Salini Impregilo, Korea’s Samsung C&T and Australia’s Clough.
Lendlease’s engineering enterprise has been underneath stress from underperforming initiatives. In NSW, the $three billion NorthConnex tunnel it’s constructing with French firm Bouygues in Sydney’s north is operating six months’ late, which can delay its opening to motorists till 2020.
The corporate mentioned in an announcement that it had pulled out of bidding for the Rozelle interchange after “cautious consideration of our present initiatives and future pipeline”.
“Lendlease must be disciplined with which initiatives it bids for,” it mentioned.
The Rozelle interchange can be complicated to construct as a result of it’s going to comprise three ranges of tunnels and scores of entrances and exits, together with a hyperlink to the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel.
The roads company has repeatedly mentioned that the interchange will open in late 2023 regardless of toll highway firm Transurban telling buyers lately that it expects it to open by mid 2024. A Transurban-led consortium paid $9.2 billion final month for management of WestConnex.
It additionally emerged final month that the state must pay penalties of $2.three million to the brand new house owners of WestConnex if the Rozelle interchange is six months late opening.
A price ticket of $7.2 billion was placed on stage three of WestConnex, which contains the Rozelle interchange and twin tunnels between St Peters and Haberfield.
Whereas Transurban will contribute to the price of the 7.5-kilometre twin tunnels, the total value of the Rozelle interchange can be borne by the roads company.
Matt O’Sullivan is the Transport Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.