QGC Pty Limited has announced a new $120 million contract for the construction of the supply of polyethylene to its gas fields in Queensland.

“Part of the deal is a new manufacturing facility in Toowoomba to be open by mid 2012,” said Premier Anna Bligh.

The contract has been awarded to Iplex Pipelines, a division of Fletcher Building, supplies and distributes pipeline systems and manufactures pipelines from 15mm to 2000mm in diameter for services including plumbing, water supply, gas, sewerage, storm water, irrigation, telecommunications, and electricity.

The Queensland State Government has announced an ambitious $14.3 million project to provide long-term flood protection for Charleville, in the state's south.

The Federal Government has announced the successful completion of a $10 million key research milestone at the Otway Project, with the Federal Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr saying the completion will accelerate the development of the carbon capture and storage (CSS) industry around the world. 

A liquefied natural gas project proposed by Chevron in Western Australia’s Pilbara region will go ahead after the Federal Government approved the projet under national environmental law.

The Federal Government has announced $28 million in funding to address the emerging critical skills shortages in the resources, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

China South Rail (CSR), the world’s largest manufacturer of electric locomotives, will establish its first Australian office in Victoria later this year.

Engineering group Monadelphous Group Limited has secured a major constuction contract at Hope Downs 4 Iron Ore Project for Rio Tinto and Hancock Prospecting.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has moved to offer $80,000 bonuses for ship’s engineers on its submarines and Anzac-class frigates in an attempt to stop them from moving to the mining industry.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of a new workforce agency that will target “pressure points” in Australia’s emerging patchwork economy by focussing on training and retraining workers for new jobs in specific industries currently experiencing skills shortages.

The Northern Territory has named the ShoreASCO Consortium as the preferred bidder to construct, own and operate Darwin’s Marine Supply Base. The base will service the logistical needs of the oil and gas sector.

The Federal Government as released two reports into the future of biomass in the Australian economy.

A new centrifuge at the University of New South Wales Water Research Laboratory can act as an environmental “time machine”, allowing researchers to preview the long-term effects on groundwater aquifers of activities such as coal seam gas and longwall mining.

The Western Australian State Government has become the first non-national governmental body in Australia to sign a Memorandum of Understand with China after Premier Colin Barnett signed a co-operative trade and investment agreement.

The National Transport Commission has published a report that has found that while Australians generally want a better transport system, they are likely to reject policies that would help pay for it.

OSD Pipelines and PROCOM Consultants have formed an alliance to provide a seamless project management, engineering and execution service through an integrated team of engineering consultants.

Electrical engineering and communications specialist O’Donnell Griffin has received awards across four states in the National Electrical and Communications Association State Awards.

Australia and New Zealand have submitted a joint proposal to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The official submission is a crucial step towards the goal of hosting the world’s most powerful radio telescope.

Leighton Holdings has announced Bruce Munro as the new Managing Director of the company’s wholly owned subsidiary Thiess.

Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced plans to invest a further $816 million in the company’s Pilbara iron ore project. The spending will be directed toward the company’s integrated power and gas network.

Siemens has been ranked the most sustainable company in its industry for the fourth time in a row.

The Western Australian State Government has announced that a deal to overhaul the troubled $5.9 billion Oakajee port and rail development is only weeks away from being finalised.

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