SNC-Lavalin has secured a contract to provide programme management office (PMO) services on the Inland Rail project in Australia.

The Canadian firm, in collaboration with Turner & Townsend, will provide PMO services for the duration of the Inland Rail Programme.

SNC-Lavalin Engineering, Design and Project Management president Philip Hoare said: “This win represents a significant step forward in expanding our presence in Australia with a focus on growing a programme management offering within the transportation sector.

“This award is in line with our strategy for growing our consultancy, design, engineering and project management business around the world, in all the markets that we serve.

“By leveraging our local market knowledge and our global PMO capabilities, we’re able to offer clients best in class project delivery services as Australia continues to invest in critical infrastructure.”

The contract comprises 13 work packages, including several design and construction contracts, as well as a major public-private-partnership.

SNC-Lavalin will help to improve programme value through various services featuring controls, project support and systems provision/management/integration.

Inland Rail is a 1,710km-long under construction freight line connecting Melbourne and Brisbane traversing through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland provinces.

The dedicated network will facilitate freight connectivity and boost access to several ports in the region, thereby benefitting several local industries.

Additionally, the project will reduce freight transport costs and alleviate road congestion, as well as help in reducing carbon emissions in the environment.

It is one of the major projects undertaken as part of the federal government’s A$75bn ($50.4bn) infrastructure pipeline.