Downer EDI has won a $50 million contract for work at Rio Tinto's Warramboo project in the Pilbara.

The work involves earthworks, concrete works, road surfacing and bridge construction, electrical and communication works, as well as a diversion of the North West Highway near Warramboo, 165 kilometres south of Karratha.

Downer EDI chief executive Grant Fenn said the contract win demonstrated Downer's ability to provide customers with comprehensive design and construct services for civil mine infrastructure including roads, bridges, buildings and utilities.

Adelaide’s $1.83 billion Desalination Project has reached a milestone with seawater flooding the plant via the 1.4 km intake tunnel, connecting ocean and land for the first time.

Petroleum and minerals explorer, Central Petroleum Ltd, and Allied Resource Partners  (ARP) have announced agreement to undertake a feasibility study on a $7.5 billion plan to convert coal deposits in the Pedirka Basin in Central Australia to diesel by gasification.

Researchers in Queensland are preparing to make a bid to provide the US Navy with biofuels for ships and planes by 2020.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced how the Queensland government will allocate $100 million in a new round of Smart State funds.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is helping advance an innovative power generation and harvesting system, as part of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program.

NSW energy distribution company, AusGrid, is gearing up for its first trial under the Australian Government’s $100 million Smart Grid, Smart City project, inviting 250 selected households in the Newcastle area to be part of the project.

Legislation to establish Infrastructure NSW has been passed in the NSW Parliament, and the former Premier, Nick Greiner, has been appointed as its chair. Paul Broad, currently chief executive of AAPT, has been appointed chief executive of the new body.

A co-operative team from RMIT University and the Australian National University (ANU) have developed a method that will allow mechanical pressure into electricity.

Queensland and Western Australia are set to experience a massive demand in skilled labour over the coming years, with 300,000 workers required to continue economic growth.

Western Australia’s Oakajee iron ore port and rail project has taken another serious blow after one of the two main developers announced it was struggling to raise the required funding for the site’s construction.

Victorian Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva has chaired a roundtable forum of engineering industry leaders aimed at developing a national strategy to address the sector’s increasing skills shortage.

Rio Tinto has announced a $637.8 million investment in its Pilbara expansion plans, aimed at fast tracking the development of the company's iron ore production capacity.

A  Leighton Holdings Ltd and GE consortium has been awarded a $130 million contract to build the Mumbida wind farm south-east of Geraldton in Western Australia.

The Federal Government will provide more than $750 million to help build two of the largest solar power stations in the world.

John Holland has been awarded the contract for the $34.5 million upgrade to Sydney Water’s Warriewood Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).

A partnership between the Australian, New South Wales, Victorian and Queensland governments and the Australiasian Railway Association has been established to develop a Rail Manufacturing Technology Roadmap.

Three new collaborative research projects have been allocated funding totalling $6.1 million under Round 4 of the Australian Space Research Program (ASRP).

Penrice Soda Holdings Ltd and General Electrics have struck a deal to provide the coal seam gas (CSG) industry with a new process to remove brine from wastewater.

Royal Dutch Shell’s recently announced bid to be the first to build a floating liquefied natural gas operation may be thwarted by rival projects in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, according to a report in the Australian Financial Review.

High-tech engineering group Sandvik Australia has become the latest Tier 1 industry member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AusAMRC).

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