Captains of industry line up for WA Works conference

Heads of WA’s biggest projects will outline billions of dollars worth of opportunities on resource and infrastructure projects at this year’s WA Works conference.

With a number of major projects amping up across the state, here’s the chance to find out direct from the big companies how best to position for supply chain opportunities.

The conference will be held on June 28 at Crown Perth. It will be followed by the popular CCIWA Construction Industry dinner – in its 31st year – at the Crown Towers Ballroom featuring comedian Nazeem Hussain and MC Rebecca Johns.

Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Chairman Vikas Rambal will provide an update on the Karratha Urea Project, which is estimated will create more than 2000 jobs during its three-year construction phase.

Suppliers were invited to register their interest in more than 20 packages for development of the world’s largest stream urea plant, which were listed on the CCIWA-run ICN Gateway earlier this month.

Initial cost estimates are for a $4 billion-plus development, however Perdaman will require more detailed costings in pursuing debt funding ahead of a final investment decision. 

In March, the urea plant was granted major project status by the Federal Government, which will help Perdaman obtain expedited Government assistance and approvals via its Major Project Facilitation Agency.

Acciona Australia Project Director Chris Pratt will talk about requirements as Engineering, Procurement Construction Manager for Avertas Energy’s $700 million thermal Waste to Energy project in the Kwinana industrial area, where Premier Mark McGowan turned the first sods in March.

The venture – expected to soar 12-storeys at completion – is due to begin commercial operations in late 2021 with a generating capacity of 36MW. 

Bulk earthworks kicked off in February following the project go-ahead, with Acciona needing to install more than 900 piles to depths of 34 metres. 

Major construction is due to begin at the end of the year when Acciona starts taking delivery of major plant items from overseas. 

The contractor is also procuring a lot of plant and equipment – such as tanks, pumps, water treatment plant, minor hoists and jib cranes – in Australia. 

Local companies can express their interest in many work packages now listed on the ICN Gateway site

Other confirmed speakers include Rio Tinto’s Managing director of iron ore, energy and minerals projects John McMeekan; Metronet project directors Anthony Kannis and Ross Hamilton; Woodside’s Senior Vice President NWS and Burrup Niall Myles; Regional Development, Agriculture and Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan and CCIWA Chief Economist Rick Newnham.

Find out how a WA Works subscription can keep you in the loop for all major projects here.  

Get the latest industry updates from the captains themselves. Book here for the WA Works Conference and here for the CCIWA Construction Industry Dinner

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