Leighton Holdings has been awarded a US$518 million crude oil development project by Iraq’s South Oil Company.

The project will involve the building of two offshore platforms, a 75-kilometre oil pipeline and a Single Point Mooring system.

Leighton has announced the project will serve to stabilize and expand Iraq’s rapidly growing crude oil export capacity by constructing a pipeline connecting crude oil storage facilities to the offshore crude oil expoer terminal in Fao, Basrah in the country’s south.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of a team that will aim to help Australian companies access the global supply chain of defence giant Northrop Grumman.

BHP Billiton has announced a pre-commitment spending package of $1.2 billion for the first phase of the Olympic Dam Project to develop an open pit mine in northern South Australia.

The Queensland Government has called for tenders for the planned $150 million aerospace and defence industry hub at Amberly in the state’s south east.

The Queensland Government has introduced the Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) and Other Acts Amendment Act 2011 to State Parliament that will aim to deliver national consistency for the vocational education and trade sector.

GHD Pty Ltd  has been announced as the successful proponent to determine route alignment options for the Bunbury to Albany Gas Pipeline corridor.

Recruitment specialist Hays has published its Quarterly Report – October 2011, finding that engineers and any candidate with experience in the resources industry top the list of skills in demand as job vacancies rise in many areas.

The Federal and South Australian Governments have approved the Environmental Impact Statement for the $30 billion expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia.

An industrial air-conditioning technology that stands to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption by up to 85 per cent has won the Australian Clean Technologies Ideas Competition.

Plans for the CopperString 1,000 km transmission line from Townsville to Cloncurry in north-west Queensland have been thrown into doubt by an announcement by Xstrata that it will obtain its power from the new gas-fired Diamantina Power Station under a 17-year contract with the Diamantina consortium.

The University of Western Australia has joined the global supercomputing ranks after the purchase of the new Fornax supercomputer.

Engineers Australia have named former WA Governor Dr Ken Michael as its 2011 WA Professional Engineer of the Year, and Christopher Tyler as WA Young Professional Engineer of the Year.

The Federal Government has announced major federal grants of $20 million or more will be made available in the interest of ‘maximising opportunitites for Australian businesses’.

Property and construction consultancy firm Davis Langdon, a fully owned AECOM subsidiary, has announced Martin Andrews as the company’s new Building Engineering Services Leader in Australia and New Zealand.

Global CCS Institute has published its annual report, titled The Global Status of CCS: 2011, surveying 74 large-scale integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects were identified around the world.

The University of Melbourne has launched its new Centre for Neural Engineering, aimed at building a more complete understanding of the human brain and the diseases that effects the central nervous system. 

Transfield Services has secured a panel appointment with Telstra to continue providing the telco with engineering services and upgrades to its critical exchange infrastructure assets across Australia.

BHP Billiton has predicted Australia's resources industry will need an extra 170,000 workers in the next five years, a figure 60 per cent higher than a  previous government forecast used to develop policies for meeting skills demand.

John Holland has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the construction of the $400 million Connors river Dam to Moranbah Pipeline in Central Queensland.

Chevron Australia has announced constriction will begin immediately on the company’s Wheatstone LNG Project at Ashburton North on the Pilbara Coast.

Downer EDI Ltd has announced that the company has been awarded a major electrical and instrumentation contract valued at over $142 million for works in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

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