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Kevin Naughton
May 1, 2012

EVERYTHING that can be done, has been done, says the head of the state government’s Olympic Dam Taskforce as it waits for BHP Billiton to give the green light to the mine’s proposed expansion.

“Everything is lined up nicely for this decision,” Resources and Energy Department deputy CEO Paul Heithersay said yesterday.

A formal commitment to proceed from the BHP board would trigger billions of dollars in associated infrastructure projects. A board decision is expected mid-year.

Mr Heithersay addressed hundreds of miners, explorers and contractors gathered at the Hilton Hotel for the “2012 Paydirt” SA Resources and Energy Investment Conference.

“Everything the government can do is done; we have completed the EIS and Indenture processes,” he told delegates.

Heithersay said BHP Billiton was already spending “around $20 million a week on pre-commitment projects”, such as expansion of the road from Port Augusta, and engineering design work and earthworks.

Other projects included:

  • 270km of electricity transmission line;
  • 400km of gas pipeline and a gas-fired power station;
  • 105km of railway to be built from Pimba to Olympic Dam;
  • a sea landing facility south of Port Augusta for the unloading of heavy machinery;
  • an airport, complete with solar power and a 737 jet capability;
  • a 10,000 person camp as well as expansion of the Roxby Downs township; and
  • upgrades to Adelaide and Darwin harbours.

Earlier in the conference, Mineral Resources Minister Tom Koutsantonis repeated his “elephant” analogy, used in a recent presentation overseas.

“South Australia is poised to take its place among the titans of mining – not just in Australia but in the world,” Koutsantonis told delegates.

“In Olympic Dam we have tracked down an elephant, we are still in the hunt for the rest of the herd.

“These are exciting times, but they are also challenging times for our State.

“We need to manage our transition into a global mining giant in a way that benefits all South Australians.”

The minister also announced the successful applicants for exploration subsidies under the Plan for Accelerating Exploration, a subsidy program that dates back to the SA Exploration initiative (SAEI) in the early 1990s.

“Twenty-six mineral and petroleum exploration companies spread across South Australia will share about $1.7 million funding from the State Government,” he said.

Under its newer name PACE, it is to be expanded into a series of other collaborations including energy and water, subject to government funding approval.

The importance of Olympic Dam to the economy had earlier been underlined by Oz Mineral’s managing director Terry Burgess when he told delegates a recent set of job ads for work at nearby Prominent Hill had attracted 3000 applicants.

May 12, 2009 01:48pm

MORE than 50 new jobs will be created by a new contract for 160 new Adelaide Metro buses to be built locally, says the State Government.

The Transport Department has awarded the contract to Australian company Custom Coaches, which will build the buses at its Royal Park plant.

The $118 million deal will replace 120 buses from the existing fleet and provide another 40 extra buses over the next four years.

Manufacturing will begin this month and the first bus is expected to be completed in July.

Custom Coaches will build low-floor bus bodies and assemble seats, doors, windows, air conditioning and security cameras on to Swedish-made chassis assembled at Scania Australia’s Adelaide plant at Wingfield.

Premier Mike Rann said the deal was “a very good local jobs story”.

“Not only will this contract employ an additional 46 manufacturing staff and create five new apprenticeships … it will (also) deliver new state-of-the-art green buses to our network,” he said.

The diesel-powered buses will comply with the latest Euro 5 Plus Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle exhaust emissions standards, which do not come into effect in Australia until 2011.

Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the buses would delivered far lower emissions than the current minimum enforced in Australia.

“Many of the buses in this new contract will be high capacity, articulated vehicles, which will run on the popular O-Bahn,” he said.

Custom Coaches chief executive Mark Burgess said the contract would have a flow-on effect for other local businesses.

“If we create 50 new jobs there will be about 150 jobs created out in the community – jobs supplying the parts we need to build buses … we’re shifting work from other states into South Australia,” he said.,22606,25467849-2682,00.html

By Pia Akerman
May 04, 2009 07:44am

THE race to win a multi-billion-dollar contract to build eight naval frigates has begun, only hours after the plan was announced in the defence white paper.

The states and defence companies are already jostling to spruik their credentials, despite warnings from defence experts that the project would be years away, even if money could be found to pay for it, The Australian reports.

Premier Mike Rann has announced South Australia will bid for the ships to be built at the Techport site in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, vowing work could begin once construction of the Air Warfare Destroyers there was complete.

“There are no other facilities in Australia that can compare with Techport, so we are in a very good position,” Mr Rann said.

“The South Australian Government will be bidding to have the next generation of frigates built in South Australia both for consolidation onsite and in terms of high-level modules.

“It’s the perfect follow-on to the Air Warfare Destroyers … in terms of the skill set, the infrastructure, the hi-tech companies (in Adelaide).”

But a spokesman for BAE Systems Australia said they would be the biggest contender for the project, using the Williamstown shipyard in Victoria, acquired last year as part of BAE’s takeover of Tenix Defence.

Jim McDowell, chief executive of BAE Systems Australia, has previously spoken of his company’s “natural capability” to build a replacement for the Anzac frigates, but said there would need to be “significant” sharing of work between BAE and commonwealth-owned submarine builder ASC to handle such a vast enterprise.

A spokeswoman for the Victorian Government said the state welcomed the white paper’s “significant opportunities” for the local defence industry.

Austal in Western Australia and FORGACS in NSW have also been mentioned as possible bidders for part of the frigate project.

Released on Saturday, the white paper announced plans to replace the current Anzac-class frigate with a larger Future Frigate specialising in anti-submarine warfare.

The frigates would be fitted with cruise missiles and be able to carry a combination of naval combat helicopters and maritime unmanned aerial vehicles.

Defence expert Hugh White yesterday said South Australia would probably have an advantage in bidding for the frigates, as it could probably be built on the same hull used for the AWDs.

But he poured cold water on the early enthusiasm shown for the project, saying any contractual decisions were years away.

“Those choices will not be made by the present Government, certainly not in this term of government and I would think not even in the next term,” Professor White said.

“We’re talking about a project which is at least 20 years away in terms of delivering ships.

“There are a lot of very big things to be done in naval shipbuilding in Australia first.”

Professor White said he was not convinced there was a strategic justification to replace the Anzac frigates with ships of a larger capability.,,25423976-2702,00.html

April 29, 2009 12:01am

UP TO 40 service and mechanical jobs will be created as a result of MTU Detroit Diesel Australia’s relocation to a new, green facility at Edinburgh Parks.

Premier Mike Rann yesterday opened the new state-of-the-art facility with Transport Minister Patrick Conlon and MTU Detroit Diesel Australia president Doug Seneshen.

MTU Detroit supplies high-powered engines to the defence sector for patrol boats, frigates and armoured vehicles.

The Edinburgh location will help the company grow its business.

MTU is a world leader in low-emission diesel technology and alternative fuel, including commercial fuel cells for power generators. It also services the mining, construction, power, agriculture and transport sectors.

“The move to Edinburgh Parks has offered a major upgrade for all of our Adelaide customers and employees,” Mr Seneshen said. “As a leader in high-performance and high-technology engines in Australia, it is essential we invest in world-class facilities.”

The new Adelaide facility is an indication of the company’s