Mixed bag for major projects list

More than $1.5 billion of new projects have been identified for the latest edition of WA Works’ major project list, published by CCIWA exclusively to subscribers.

The new entrants are a mixed bag of commercial construction, city infrastructure, onshore gas and vanadium.

Australian Vanadium’s $516 million (US$354m) Gabanintha project, the biggest of five new listings, was buoyed by achieving Major Project status with the Federal Government.

Roughly equal in cost to Gabanintha is the $500m-plus Waitsia stage two onshore gas expansion proposed by a joint venture between Mitsui and Beach Energy.

Operator Mitsui forecasts that the project, near Dongara, will create at least 150 construction jobs, with development targeted to start early next year.

A final investment decision is expected in December, followed by an Engineering Procurement and Construction contract award in January, the company says in referral documents lodged with the Environmental Protection Authority.

On the public infrastructure front, Main Roads is seeking market interest in building a major Tonkin Highway project that will include enabling works for the Morley-Ellenbrook railway line.

The cover story features an exclusive interview with newly appointed INPEX President Director, Australia Hitoshi Okawa, as the company approaches the first anniversary of LNG operations at its huge Ichthys project.

Other highlights of the spring edition include:

  • Rio Tinto going the extra mile to keep the wheels turning on its huge robotic iron ore trains as they travel along Australia’s biggest privately-owned rail network
  • The significant impact of renewable energy on the regions as construction starts on two huge Mid West wind farms and the state’s biggest solar farm in the wheatbelt
  • Defence coverage headed by an exclusive interview with Austal CEO David Singleton, who explains why the major shipbuilder has never been busier at its Henderson heartland.

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