Saskia Pickles

Saskia Pickles worked as a journalist at Business News from June 2013 to March 2016. 

Forge goes into liquidation

Forge Group employees could be waiting up to six months to access $50 million owed to them and business creditors could be facing an even longer wait, according to Ferrier Hodgson.

Leap Frog to reel in film fans

A new Western Australian company has joined the Australian film distribution sector, hoping to carve out a niche in a market dominated by Hollywood and firms based on the eastern seaboard.

Electricity reform sparks debate

The issue of electricity prices not surprisingly has emerged as a hot topic of discussion following the government’s recent announcement of a statewide review of the electricity market.

Laing O’Rourke awarded Roy Hill contract

International engineering and construction company Laing O’Rourke has won a contract valued at more than $200 million for work on the Roy Hill iron ore project.

Fugro awarded Ichthys contract

Surveyor Fugro Spatial Solutions has been awarded a contract to carry out dimensional control surveys at Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project near Darwin.

Contestability comes at a cost, says Alinta

Alinta Energy has given a lukewarm response to reforms that could provide the state’s residential customers with a choice of electricity retailers for the first time.

Innovative UWA O-Tube awarded an A+

A partnership between oil and gas heavyweights Woodside Petroleum and Chevron, and the University of Western Australia is changing the design of offshore pipelines and cutting construction costs for the expensive infrastructure.

Forge may have been trading while insolvent

Administrators of Forge Group say the failed engineering and construction company may have been insolvent for three months before it collapsed, but that investigations into whether directors had breac

Peninsula Energy raises $5 million

Uranium explorer Peninsula Energy has raised $5 million in a share placement to asset manager JP Morgan.

Northern Star hunts another acquisition

Northern Star Resources is planning one more acquisition after two recent purchases and an “aggressive” strategy made it Australia’s fifth largest ASX-listed gold producer.

Mining and engineering contractors drop in ASX indices

Mining and engineering contractors were the biggest losers today when the S&P Dow Jones rebalanced all of its Australian indices, with RCR Tomlinson one of the few to buck the trend.

Win for women

There are now more than double the amount of women on Australia’s top corporate boards than four years ago.

Tax break lifts New Standard Energy

New Standard Energy has reported a profit of $1.2 million for the half financial year ended December 31, with an income tax benefit helping shift its performance back into the black.

WHL heads in right direction

Emerging Perth-based oil and gas explorer WHL Energy has recorded an improved financial position, although still a loss, this half financial year.

Min Res starts building IOH mine

Iron Ore Holdings has announced its development partner mining services company Mineral Resources has begun construction on its Iron Valley Project.

Electricity review launched

Energy Minister Mike Nahan’s launch today of the first review of the state electricity market since Western Power was disaggregated in 2006 has drawn a mixed response.

Rox Resources shares soar

Rox Resources shares have soared after the exploration company confirmed the discovery of significant nickel resources.

Iron ore spurs record resources growth

Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum sector grew 15 per cent in value last year, after a weaker Australian dollar and greater sales helped counteract falls in some commodity prices.

South Hedland to get four-star hotel

South Hedland’s first four-star hotel is due to open by the end of this year, after a Melbourne based developer said it will build most of the hotel off site to save time.

Altona Mining lifts earnings

Copper and gold miner Altona Mining has increased its revenue, production and gross profit for the financial half year ended December 31 2013.

Bradford joins Independence Group

Gold and nickel producer Independence Group has appointed former PMI Gold executive Peter Bradford as managing director and chief executive officer.

AusGroup awarded Ichthys contract

A subsidiary of construction and engineering firm AusGroup, MAS Australasia, has been awarded a $174 million scaffolding contract on the Ichthys liquefied natural gas project.

Ophir farms in to WHL Energy

Emerging Perth based oil and gas exploration company WHL Energy has signed a farm-in agreement with London-based Ophir Energy.

State review to consider sweeping electricity reforms

SPECIAL REPORT: Energy Minister Mike Nahan has told Business News a review of Western Australia’s wholesale electricity market could open the door to some dramatic shakeups in the sector.

Building approvals rise

Approvals for the construction of new houses rose 5.6 per cent in January in Western Australia, providing a boost for the housing sector.

Ferguson lauds floating LNG

Former Labor minister Martin Ferguson has heralded floating liquefied natural gas as the wave of the future, urging the Western Australian government to work with developers like Shell, Woodside Petroleum, ExxonMobil and BHP Billiton.

Samsung takes over Forge’s Roy Hill contract

South Korean contractor Samsung C&T has announced it will take over the work previously contracted out to failed construction company Forge Group at Roy Hill.

Cedar Woods profit up 13%

Strong residential sales have boosted Cedar Woods Properties’ first-half net profit after tax to $20.5 million, up 13 per cent on last mid-financial year.

Western Power counts its ups and downs

Western Power has reported cost savings of $16.1 million in the first half of the financial year, while increasing spending on its capital works program by $93.5 million in the same period.

Forge down to 90 Aus staff

Forge Group administrators Ferrier Hodgson held the first creditors meeting in Perth today, where it was revealed there are now only 90 Australian staff still employed by Forge, down from 1,622.

Garnaut questions Direct Action

Prominent economist and former government adviser Ross Garnaut has publicly questioned the ability of the Abbott government’s Direct Action policy to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Kyoto Pro



Karratha gas plant breakdown

Western Australia’s biggest and most productive gas production facility suffered an equipment failure early this morning.

Unpoliced safety statistics questioned

The resource sector’s safety record has been brought into doubt after a contractor was crushed while working at a liquefied natural gas plant and hospitalised, but the incident was not recorded as a lost-time injury.

Perth businessman to run for lord mayor

Engineer, entrepreneur and restaurateur Michael O’Hanlon has declared he will run for the position of Perth lord mayor at the October election, based on an ambitious three-point economic plan for the city.

City of Perth axes CEO

City of Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson has been sacked, three years into a five-year contract, following a horror year for the council.

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Synergy boss ups ante on energy reform

Synergy chairman Lyndon Rowe has mapped out a detailed agenda for energy market reform, saying there would be catastrophic consequences if the government did not tackle market players with vested interests.

Perth gets modular building factory

A UK company has joined forces with a Perth projects and contract management group to set up the state’s first manufacturing business dedicated to modular building.

Coles, IGA complete store swap

Independent grocery group Metcash is set to finalise its first store swap in Western Australia with supermarket giant Coles.

Female tradie business to expand to Perth

An all-female plumbing business, the Plumbettes, is set to expand its operations from its Brisbane base into Western Australia.