Ross Culpitt

Manager

Ross has significant experience in quantitative analysis of economic and financial issues in the regulatory environment. Ross joined Synergies in early 2006 from Energex where he was responsible for determining network charges for all contestable and franchise customers. He previously worked for the Queensland Competition Authority where he was responsible for the financial modelling and reference tariff determination for QR’s Central Queensland below rail coal services.
Ross also has nearly fifteen years experience as an agricultural economist where he developed significant expertise in benefit-cost analysis, research evaluation and statistical analysis and survey design.

Contact details

Phone: +61 7 3227 9561

Email: r.culpitt@synergies.com.au

Ross Culpitt's Recent Projects

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Assessing the Economic Value of Bulk Water Infrastructure in Regional Queensland

Synergies was engaged by Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC), on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (NRME), to develop a methodology to assess the economic value derived from the productive use of water from bulk water infrastructure in regional Queensland. The methodology was also applied to two water supply schemes – the Proserpine River and Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Schemes.

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Assessing the economic benefits and costs of regulation in Australia’s sugar industry

Synergies was engaged by Canegrowers and the Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) to assess the economic benefits and costs of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Code – Sugar) Regulations 2017 (the Code). The project included a detailed assessment of the sugar industry, the conduct of its participants and the rationale for light-handed regulation of the marketing of raw sugar. The project assessed the Code’s impact on the industry since its implementation in 2017 and the ...

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Assessing the feasibility of the NuWater project

Synergies was engaged by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) to undertake a water demand assessment and to assess the economic and financial and commercial feasibility of the NuWater project – a proposal to supply recycled wastewater from treatment plants in South East Queensland to agricultural producers in the Lockyer Valley and on the Darling Downs.

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Water demand assessment for the NuWater Project feasibility study

This report presents the results of the economic and financial and commercial analyses of the shortlisted options for the NuWater project, which involves the supply of recycled wastewater from Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) located in South East Queensland (SEQ) for beneficial reuse in the Lockyer Valley and on the Darling Downs. The economic and financial and commercial assessment of the shortlisted options was
undertaken following the completion of a demand assessment for the project. ...

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Economic and financial assessment of the NuWater project

Synergies was engaged by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation to undertake a water demand assessment, a financial and commercial analysis, and an economic analysis of a proposal to supply recycled wastewater from treatment plants in South East Queensland to agricultural producers in the Lockyer Valley and on the Darling Downs. This involved extensive consultation with agricultural producers to firstly establish a demand profile for the water to be supplied by the project and secondly to quantify ...

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Economic analysis of the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project

Synergies was engaged by Building Queensland to assist with the development of the Detailed Business Case for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project. Synergies’ key task was completing an economic analysis of the proposed Rookwood Weir, which will be capable of supplying up to 76, 000 ML per annum for urban, industrial and agricultural use. Synergies also assisted with the preparation of several other chapters of the business case, including the base case, public interest ...

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Emu Swamp Dam – Agricultural and industrial water demand assessment

Synergies undertook an assessment of the agricultural and industrial water demand that could potentially be met by the proposed Emu Swamp Dam. The analysis was part of the Strategic Assessment of the project, the purpose of which was to inform the decision on whether a Preliminary Business Case was to be taken.

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Building Blocks Model River Murray Operations

Synergies was engaged by the Murray-Darling Basin Officials Committee (BOC) to develop a building blocks model for River Murray Operations (RMO) based on an assessment of efficient costs, and consistent with the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules. Our review was well received by BOC and the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council. We made various recommendations relating to improvements to operations, use of future
benchmarking and improvements to data capture and reporting to aid transparency. These ...

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AARC Elimatta – Economic Impact Assessment

The project involves an open-cut pit mining thermal coal at up to 8 Mtpa run-of-mine (ROM) coal to produce 5 Mtpa of product coal for export. The project will develop of a rail line to connect the Elimatta project to the Surat Basin Rail, north of Wandoan. The development of the rail line will facilitate the development of coal reserves located to the west of the Elimatta deposit.

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