Top Gear burns rubber on Abigroup road

The popular series used Australian engineering and contracting company Abigroup’s two-lane segment of Pacific Highway in New South Wales to test-drive the 2009 model Nissan GTR.Abigroup’s section of highway, running from Karuah to Bulahdelah, was opened to the public on October 31, and is the first of many project stages, according to the company. Read more

Price rises at Cummins

Cummins said it would increase the price of its generator sets and transfer switches in North America by between 2% and 7%. Cummins generator sets are used for continuous, prime and standby power in a variety of commercial and industrial applications. Read more

Industry Report – Projects

QUEENSLANDRESOURCESAbbot Point X50 Expansion Stage 3, Bowen (current)Principal: Ports Corporation of QueenslandScope: 500m berth 2.9km offshore involving 205 piles, 9500t of structural steel, 2.9km jetty conveyor and transfer towers, structural, mechanical and electrical works; Read more

Industry Report – Contracts

Monadelphous won the $76 million electrical and structural works contract at the Abbot Point coal terminal in Queensland, Decmil was awarded a $30.5 million construction contract at Woodside’s Pluto liquefied natural gas project and Downer EDI gained a $35 million engineering services contract at BHP Billiton’s rapid growth project at Newman. Read more

RCR gets new chief

Noordhoek is resigning from the position to pick up his previous chief operating officer role, with RCR saying continued growth had led to the need for Noordhoek’s niche skill set to be focused on COO duties. Read more

Scammers offering cheap, fake Hondas

Honda said its products were among a number of brands of power equipment that were being sold by people of Irish, Scottish, English and Australian origin.In particular, Honda said that in recent months a band of about 50 travelling Irish traders had been selling their wares in this manner and trying to pass off their inferior quality products as the genuine article.Moving from town to town, the scammers are said to offer equipment at heavily discounted prices compared to the genuine product, and do not provide a warranty or any contact details, promptly leaving the area for their next location before they are traced. Read more

Fewer fish in an inflexible net

Hays Resources & Mining regional director Simon Winfield said the search for the perfect candidate would always exist. However, if employers recognise how to determine those candidates suited to all aspects of the role, not just those with the correct technical skills, they are more likely to recruit and retain the best skills for their particular business. Read more

South African engineer joins Thiess in east

Taylor was most recently managing director of South Africa’s Murray and Roberts Construction, the largest engineering and construction services firm in that country, which has a portfolio including projects such as the Gautrain Rapid Rail Development and Green Point Stadium Project.In June, Thiess and its joint venture partners completed the $2.6 billion EastLink project in Melbourne – one of the largest public-private partnerships ever carried out in Australia – five months ahead of schedule. Read more