To keep up the pressure on the WA government to encourage more high-end engineering work is done locally APESMA released a report into the scope of the problem, Making the Most Finite Resources
Six days ago APESMA and the Australian Steel Institute held a successful forum in Perth to find ways to ensure more engineering and fabrication work was done in locally, particular in the State’s major oil, gas and mining projects.
To keep up the pressure on the WA government to encourage more high-end engineering work is done locally APESMA released a new report into the scope of the problem and the way forward, Making the Most of Finite Resources (download as PDF here ).
The report states that “Western Australia is fortunate to have vast reserves of the mineral and energy resources that are required for modern day living in developed and developing countries. This resource base, while vast, is not renewable and therefore requires public policy settings that maximise the benefit the entire community receives from its exploitation.”
Arguing for more from our governments to ensure engineers don’t miss out on opportunities from major resource project the report suggests they should:
- continue to support the Australian National Engineering Task Force (ANET) to ensure we have a continued supply of highly skilled engineers;
- make transparent their processes for major project procurement;
- provide the best opportunity for local work by facilitating arrangements with operators which ensure Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) and detailed;
- process design work is undertaken in Australia;
- encourage and facilitate local industry becoming more competitive;
- facilitate training and development;
- provide relevant incentives to ensure work is done in Australia; and
- ensure projects are rolled out rationally, over realistic timeframes, maximising the work undertaken in Australia.
Stay tuned for more updates as this campaign continues at APESMA’s new website.