$95bn of projects ahead for WA

Woodside Petroleum’s Browse and Scarborough LNG developments are the biggest of $95 billion of major projects under way or likely in Western Australia, with 96 ongoing and a further 68 probable.

Lendlease secures $53m tunnel contract

Diversified contractor Lendlease has secured a $53.2 million state government contract to provide maintenance services for the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel for the next six years.

Airport rail project hit with 12-month delay

The state government has announced a delay of up to 12 months at the Forrestfield-Airport Link due to tunneling issues, but says the rail project’s $1.9 billion budget will not be impacted.

Freight links still key for Freo port future

Fremantle’s port has room to grow container trade, possibly for three decades, according to a new report by the state government’s Westport taskforce, but freight infrastructure improvements are needed in the short term at Fremantle, Bunbury and Kwinana.

Delays flagged for Pilbara project

The $6 billion Balla Balla infrastructure project has experienced two setbacks, with the deadline for meeting its obligations under a State Agreement extended by 18 months and recent exploration work failing to live up to promise.

Setbacks for cruise ships at Broome

The state government has been forced to allocate an extra $8 million to a dredging program at Broome Port, while an independent report has ruled out the use of a below deck gangway for cruise ships at the port.

Keslake secures $6.5m Cott bike path work

Perth-based Keslake Group has won a $6.5 million state government contract to build a 2.8-kilometre bicycle path alongside the Fremantle railway line.

Valmec, WestStar win contracts

Valmec has secured $25 million worth of construction contracts, including at Mineral Resources’ Wodgina project, while fellow local contractor Weststar Industrial was awarded a $4 million contract at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas mine near Newman.

Adco, EMCO win $20m in contracts

Adco Constructions has secured a contract to complete expansion works at Bunbury Regional Prison, while EMCO Building will construct a new performing arts centre at Melville Senior High School.

GCS shares slump on earnings update

Shares in Global Construction Services have fallen to a one-year low, on the same day the company’s shareholders voted to change its name to that of merger partner SRG Global.

Universal locks in $14m school contract

Osborne Park-based Universal Constructions has secured a $14 million state government contract to build a new primary school in Caversham.

Donovan tapped as Water Corp CEO

Former ATCO Gas Australia president Pat Donovan has been announced as the new chief executive of the Water Corporation, replacing Sue Murphy after a 10-year tenure.

RCR into administration

RCR Tomlinson, which grew rapidly to be one of Australia's largest engineering contractors with annual revenue of $2 billion, 3,400 staff and multiple contracts in WA, has been placed into administration after failing to secure new funding.

Georgiou awarded NSW road contract

Perth-based Georgiou Group has won a road construction contract in NSW, with the overall project worth about $140 million.

GHD wins Claremont station contract

Engineering consultancy GHD has been awarded a $6.7 million contract to design upgrades to the rail network around Claremont train station as part of the state government’s Metronet project.

MACA JV wins $11m contract

A joint venture between MACA and Melbourne-based Coleman Rail has won an $11.1 million state government contract for road upgrades near Williams.

Mandurah Bridge demolition wins global award

West Perth-based Mainline Demolition and Georgiou Group have claimed an international award for their demolition of the Old Mandurah Bridge last year.

Major shifts at top of biggest employers list

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The annual Business News Biggest Employers survey has tracked changing employment patterns in WA over 13 years. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Lendlease flags $350m impairment

Lendlease's chief executive says he is embarrassed by the problems that have forced the construction company to take a $350 million post-tax impairment in its first-half results.

Southern Cross wins $80m contracts

Perth-based Southern Cross Electrical Engineering has secured a series of contracts in NSW worth about $80 million.

Pindan wins RSL contract

Pindan has secured a state government contract as part of a project to build a new headquarters for the WA branch of the Returned and Services League on St Georges Terrace.