Foreign capital boosts growth

SPECIAL REPORT: Mitsui & Company, Shell and Itochu Corporation are among a swag of businesses that have made substantial investments in the state’s exporting industries over the decades, showing that foreign investors can contribute without directly operating assets.

WA seeks to partner with EU

The state government has signalled its intentions to proactively support Western Australian companies interested in growing energy commodity exports to Europe and participating in European Union activities.

Karratha gas plant breakdown

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

‘Misleading’ domgas report review call

The latest official report into Western Australia’s gas supply and demand outlook has raised the ire of a group of major domestic gas users, which says some of its key findings are misleading and called for an independent review into how the report is compiled.

Civmec brings in $65m of work

Perth-based contractor Civmec has won a number of new contracts and additional work, worth a combined value of $65 million.

Monadelphous attracts $150m in work

Monadelphous Group has been awarded a number of new contracts and extensions from clients including Woodside Petroleum, worth a combined $150 million.

Woodside pushes on with Browse

Woodside Petroleum has stuck with its planned timetable for the Browse gas project, announcing today it has reached agreement with its joint venture partners to commence front-end engineering and design ahead of a final investment decision by the end of 2016.

UPDATED: UGL, Great Southern snare BP contracts

National engineering group UGL and WA-based bulk fuel distributor Great Southern Fuel Supplies have struck agreements with BP to operate and maintain some of the petroleum giant's facilities.

Fuel scammers in Scancam sights

The Perth businessman who brought Dippin’ Dots ice cream and Mad Mex restaurants to Western Australia is preparing to launch a high-tech solution to the growing problem of fuel theft.

Beckett to chair Western Power

Perth Airport chairman and Curtin University chancellor Colin Beckett has taken the role as head of the Western Power board, with Iluka Resources chair Greg Martin appointed as his deputy.

BP to sell bitumen business to Puma

Energy giant BP will hold onto its Perth bitumen business but will sell the rest in the country to Puma Energy for an undisclosed amount.

Gas sales an uncertainty

The North West Shelf’s six joint venture partners have yet to declare their hand as a deadline for ending their joint gas marketing agreement draws near.

Primero wins Wheatstone contract

Engineering construction contractor Primero Group has won its first job at Chevron’s Wheatstone gas project, lifting its order book to $50 million.

Kwinana safe, says BP

The managing director of BP's Kwinana oil refinery, Desmond Gillen, says the global energy giant still has no plans to shut down the facility.

No half-life in EMA plan

FEATURE: Mining sector players are creating innovative solutions – particularly in the iron ore, uranium, and base metals areas, and the graduate labour market – to deal with the changing economic environment.

Report: FLNG threat underestimated

The federal government has failed to give enough consideration to the economic and domestic gas supply implications of floating LNG technology (FLNG), a Western Australian parliamentary inquiry has found.

Efficiency key at Kwinana

The future of BP's Kwinana refinery lies in improving productivity as the Australian fuel market undergoes significant disruptions.

Monadelphous wins $140m services works

Engineering contractor Monadelphous Group has been awarded a series of new maintenance services contracts and contract extensions worth $140 million.

Empire appoints new CEO

Empire Oil & Gas has appointed an independent chief executive to lead the business following a board overhaul last year which claimed the scalps of each of its former directors.

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.

Empire finances worse than thought

The new directors of Empire Oil & Gas have admitted the company's financial position is worse than originally anticipated, with an initial review revealing a raft of performance issues at its flagship Red Gully gas and condensate processing facility.

EPA appoints delegates to assess Browse

The Environmental Protection Authority has appointed three delegates to assess the environmental impact of the state government's proposed Browse liquefied natural gas precinct.

Woodside signs 1.5mt LNG sales deal

Woodside Petroleum has inked a deal to supply about 1.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas over three years to Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power.

Hagstrom thrives in busy market

Paul Musca had an inauspicious start in business. While his peers did sensible things like study at university, he preferred surfing, while working as a labourer on drilling rigs.