Premier promotes infrastructure services capabilities

4 December 2013

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has given a briefing in Delhi on the State's significant capabilities and expertise in the delivery of major infrastructure.

Mr O'Farrell is on his third official trade mission to India this week to meet with senior government and business leaders in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

“Like India, one of NSW's key priorities is to build world-class infrastructure which will support our economy well into the 21st century,” Mr O'Farrell said.

“My Government is currently engaged in the delivery of a pipeline of more than $60 billion of major infrastructure projects for the State.

“We have a good track record of experience and flexibility in working with the private sector on highly attractive Public Private Partnership (PPP) models and now have more than 40 PPPs across transport, utilities, health and education.

“Our infrastructure services sector's expertise includes major contractors and consultants in engineering, architectural, environmental, and engineering supplies, many with existing international subsidiaries or networks.”

Mr O'Farrell said NSW expertise offered significant opportunities for India, especially in the context of the nation's plans to double infrastructure investment to US$1 trillion between 2012 and 2017.

“We have the direct technical skills and business discipline plus the related project management, commercial, probity, regulatory and safety background that a sophisticated market, like India, requires,” he said.

“These capabilities are underpinned by our world leading research community – like the University of Wollongong's SMART Infrastructure facility and National ICT Australia which offers strategic solutions and advice with its specialist infrastructure and logistics business team.

“NSW companies and their skills are already making an impact in and with India. Our design and technical skills have supported major projects including the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and Australian companies such as SMEC, UGL and GHD are leading the way in India to promote Australian and NSW expertise,” he said.