Australian Government-owned entity WSA Co has awarded two contracts for the construction of Western Sydney Airport.

WSA CO awarded the contracts to build Western Sydney Airport to a CPB Contractors Lendlease joint venture and Bechtel.

The CPB Contractors Lendlease joint venture will start work on the site by the end of the year.

Approximately 1.8 million cubic metres of soil will be shifted to start levelling the land. The early earthworks contract also comprises building the access roads and drainage.

Bechtel will manage airport construction and ensure the project is completed with the highest safety and quality standards.

“Western Sydney Airport will be a catalyst for growth in the region and it’s great to see that starting now, generating more local jobs, even at this early stage in the project.”

The company will also support WSA Co in airport design development work.

Assistant Minister for Finance David Coleman said: “These contracts will deliver real economic benefits for Western Sydney and are further evidence of the tremendous progress being made on this once-in-a-generation project.

“Western Sydney Airport will be a catalyst for growth in the region and it’s great to see that starting now, generating more local jobs, even at this early stage in the project.”

The contracts are expected to create up to 300 jobs.

Western Sydney Airport is set to support more than 11,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and more than 27,000 during operation.

WSA Co was set up by the Australian Government to build and operate Western Sydney Airport (WSA) at Badgery’s Creek.

The airport will be built with an investment of A$5.3bn ($3.9bn) and is scheduled to open in 2026.