Engineers boosted by mining and gas construction

CONSTRUCTION work on mining and gas projects has bolstered engineering work across Australia, with work in the mineral sector rising almost 82% in the past year.

A report by Engineers Australia on recent infrastructure investment found some $58.16 billion was spent on major projects nationwide in 2011-12.

"In 2011-12, economic infrastructure work valued at $58.16 billion in real terms (2009-10 prices) was completed, an increase of 11.7% over the previous year," Engineers Australia chief executive Stephen Durkin said.

"When construction on heavy industry, the resource sector and other activity is added, this figure more than doubled to $114.56 billion.

"Engineering construction in the oil, gas, coal and other minerals sector alone was $51.16 billion, up almost 82% on the previous year."

Mr Durkin said investment in economic infrastructure grew at almost 20% since 2010, with remaining work in the pipeline valued at $163 billion.

"This high growth goes some way to explaining why Australia has been experiencing an engineering skills shortage over recent years," Mr Durkin said.

"Simply put, Australia hasn't been able to produce enough engineers to meet this booming demand."


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