2015-16 Capital Expenditure Claim

2015-16 Capital Expenditure Claim

  • Final decision
  • Project Overview

On 13 October 2017 the QCA released its decision to accept Aurizon Network’s 2015–16 capital expenditure claim (as amended by Aurizon Network on 5 June 2017 and 27 September 2017). This accepted capital expenditure, totalling approximately $887 million, will be included in Aurizon Network’s regulatory asset base for the central Queensland coal network.  

The QCA received two submissions on its consultants’ reports—from WIRP Users and Aurizon Network. AECOM provided a notice of advice in response to these submissions.

These documents are available below.

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Aurizon Network's 2015–16 capital expenditure claim

The QCA conducts an annual assessment of the prudency of capital expenditure to determine whether it should be included in Aurizon Network's regulatory asset base (RAB) for the Central Queensland Coal Network.

In assessing the prudency of capital expenditure, we focus on the:

  • scope of works
  • standard of works
  • cost of works

Refer clause 3.3.1–3.3.4 of Schedule A of the 2010 access undertaking for further detail on the assessment framework.

The QCA engaged AECOM, Brimik, and RSM Australia to provide expert advice and recommendations on Aurizon Network's 2015–16 capital expenditure claim. We have published the consultants' reports below.

On 4 September 2017, the QCA received two submissions on the consultants' reports, from WIRP Users, and Aurizon Network. We have published these submissions below. 

Regulatory process 

31 October 2016—Aurizon Network submitted its 2015–16 capital expenditure claim of $892.6 million (inclusive of interest during construction), covering 87 projects. 

5 June 2017—Aurizon Network requested to amend its 2015–16 capital expenditure claim. 

3 August 2017—Stakeholders were invited to comment on the consultants' reports that advised on Aurizon Network's 2015–16 capital expenditure claim. The consultants' reports are available below. 

4 September 2017—The period closed for lodging submissions on the QCA's consultants' reports. The submissions are available below. 

26 September 2017—AECOM issued a notice of advice responding to points raised in submissions. 

27 September—Aurizon Network requested to amend its 2015–16 capital expenditure claim. 

13 October 2017—The QCA released its decision to accept Aurizon Network's 2015–16 capital expenditure claim (as amended by Aurizon Network).

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