Civmec secures three contracts totaling $126m in Australia

first_img Civmec wins three contracts in Australia. (Credit: Pixabay/David Mark.) Civmec, an Australia-based heavy engineering and construction services provider, announced that it has secured three contracts in Australia with a combined value of A$175m ($126m).As per Civmec, the three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectors and are expected to contribute significantly to a solid base load of activity for its manufacturing facilities.The first contract is from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to fabricate, modularise and carry out commissioning of a ship loader, for its Hay Point loading port in Central Queensland.The second contract is from Woodside Energy, for a term of five years, with an option to extend it for one more year. As per the contract, it will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore production facilities and capital projects in Australia.And, for the third contract, Civmec will supply modules for the Iron Bridge Magnetite project, a joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Iron Bridge and Formosa Steel IB.Civmec to complete BMA contract in second half of 2022For the first contract, BMA has selected Civmec to fabricate, modularise and commission the 1,800T SL2A ship loader at Hay Point Coal Terminal.The project is still subject to final board approval from BHP and Mitsubishi.As per the contract, Civmec will supply and assemble the ship loader, up to the no-load commissioning stage.The firm will manufacture the large material handling equipment at its Henderson manufacturing facility in Western Australia.Work is expected to begin immediately and is anticipated to be completed in the second half of 2022. During the peak manufacture period, nearly 150 jobs in Perth could be created.For the second contract, Civmec will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore facilities.For the third contract, Civmec will supply 4,700 tonnes of conveyor, trusses and trestles for the Iron Bridge Magnetite Project. Work is expected to begin this month and the majority of it could be completed in FY21.Civmec CEO Patrick Tallon said: “We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to further support BHP in the delivery of a ship loader. This contract follows on from other smart modules and machines delivered by Civmec for BHP projects as part of our partnership delivering high quality, complex machines.”“We are also privileged to have secured a long-term contract with Woodside, having delivered several projects to them in the past.“This contract will provide us with a base load of work and allow us to work with Woodside as a partner to optimise efficiencies and savings in the delivery of our services to them over the longer term.” The company has three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectorslast_img read more

News story: New competition: Behavioural Analytics

first_imgThis Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can help UK Defence and Security to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’. We are looking for scientific and technological solutions that can provide context-specific insights into the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of individual, group and population behaviour, enabling predictions about how they are likely to act in the future.At this stage of the competition we are limiting the scope to theoretical development, methodological advancement and proof of concept research. We want to fund research to get the foundations right. However, we also ask bidders to consider future exploitation.The challenge is broad and diverse, and the solutions should be too. We are committed to funding a range of exciting and diverse proposals and therefore welcome applications from across the full range of research disciplines – from psychology and neuroscience to artificial intelligence and data science – as well as inter-disciplinary research collaborations and perspectives. We also welcome applications from people bringing novel perspectives from alternative disciplines such as the arts, humanities and social sciences.The initial funding for all phases of this competition is up to £5 million but is expected to rise given increasing stakeholder interest in Behavioural Analytics. Phase 1 of this competition has £1.6 million available to fund multiple proposals.Phase 1 of this competition closes at midday on Wednesday 5 December 2018.Full details are available in the competition document.If you have any queries on this competition, please do contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

KPK shows ‘lack of willingness’ to fight corruption in natural resources sector: Activists

first_imgCritics have questioned whether the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will be able to fulfill its promise of addressing corruption in the natural resources sector, which potentially accounts for the largest state losses of any sector in Indonesia.KPK chairman Firli Bahuri recently told the commission’s newly inaugurated deputy for law enforcement, Karyoto, to crack down on corruption in mining and other natural resources businesses.Corruption in the natural resources sector has, according to researchers, caused larger state losses than similar illicit practices in other sectors. Antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) recorded 37 instances of corruption in the natural resources sector under investigation, accounting for Rp 6.03 trillion (US$403 million) in estimated state losses – four times the estimated losses from corruption in the banking sector.Four of the cases were related to mining activities, causing an estimated Rp 5.9 trillion in state losses collectively. These were followed by similar illicit practices pertaining to land management with an estimated Rp 111.2 billion in losses from 16 cases.However, ICW researcher Egi Primayoga said the cases would not be solved anytime soon, blaming “the current KPK leadership’s lack of willingness” to solve them. Read also: 100 days of blunders: Watchdog slams new KPK chairman’s performanceFor example, the KPK has yet to complete investigation against Supian Hadi, the regent of East Kotawaringin in Central Kalimantan. The KPK declared the regent a suspect in February of last year for allegedly accepting gratuities between 2010 and 2012 from mining companies in exchange for mining licenses.The antigraft body estimated that Supian’s actions had caused Rp 5.8 trillion in state losses from environmental damage caused by the mining operation.“The investigation of the case should have been finished [by now]. However, I’m not sure that new KPK leaders will pay attention to such cases, as these practices often implicate bigwigs,” said Egi.Syahrul Fitra of Auriga Nusantara echoed Egi, saying the KPK’s pursuit of corruption cases in the natural resources sector had not shown significant results after the new leaders were inaugurated in December of last year.“Maybe they are working quietly. However, we have not seen significant progress so far. Several old cases have also been left hanging,” Syahrul said.He added that investigators’ limited knowledge of natural resources management had prevented them from connecting the illicit practices with their possible environmental effects.Read also: Nur Alam’s graft verdict ‘loss’ for environmental protectionLaode Muhammad Syarif, the executive director of the Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan) and a former KPK deputy chairman, urged law enforcement to use other laws to prosecute graft suspects, such as the Mining Law.He called on law enforcement officers from other institutions – including the National Police, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Environment and Forestry Ministry – to cooperate in the pursuit of graft suspects in the natural resources sector.“If they are serious about prosecuting, for example, crimes related to mining, it will be very easy because the crimes are happening right in front of our eyes.”Responding to the criticism, KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said the antigraft body had been working to curb corruption in the natural resources sector.However, he acknowledged the issue was not as simple as it may seem, because the root of corrupt practices in the sector was a phenomenon called “state capture” – a systemic political corruption in which private interests influence a state’s decision-making processes to their own advantage.“We have launched at least 27 cases pertaining to the forestry sector [since our establishment in 2003]. We are also studying to improve governance in the sector,” Ali said.Editor’s note: The article has been updated to include the KPK’s comment.Topics :last_img read more