24 February 2016

New Growth Centre based in Perth to provide a major boost for R&D collaboration with industry

WA:ERA and the NRSP welcome Minister Pyne’s announcement that WA:ERA’s bid to host the National Energy Resources Australia Growth Centre in Perth has been successful and look forward to assisting NERA foster industry collaboration to increase national productivity and competitiveness.

The WA:ERA bid to host the Growth Centre, which covers oil, gas, coal and uranium, faced strong competition from other jurisdictions and research partners, particularly in SA and Queensland.

WA:ERA’s joint venture partners – CSIRO, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia are also foundation partners of the new industry-led Growth Centre to be co-located with WA:ERA and the National Resource Sciences Precinct (NRSP) and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth’s Technology Park. A node of the ‘METS Ignited’ Growth Centre is also expected to be co-located.

WA:ERA CEO and NRSP Director, Kym Bills, said: “It is a privilege to be able to host the new National Energy Resources Australia Growth Centre and great recognition of the importance of the oil and gas industry to the future of Western Australia where our joint venture has been collaborating with key industry partners since 2003.”

“Current price and cost challenges provide a powerful impetus to broader collaboration to maximise opportunities for exports and sustainable benefits to Australia including through the potentially over $400 billion in operations and maintenance over 25 years associated with 21 new LNG trains.”

“NERA will be a key element in Perth growing as the premier world centre of excellence for diversified resource R&D where NRSP and WA:ERA partners have invested in major capability and have over 400 researchers working with industry across energy and minerals.”

“We thank Minister Pyne and the Australian Government for this vote of confidence, and the WA Government through Minister Mischin for supporting our bid with funding for the headquarters and to help build research engagement, especially with small and medium sized enterprises.”

“WA:ERA has been strongly supporting the Growth Centre concept from the outset and we look forward to continuing to work with NERA Chair, Ken Fitzpatrick, and his management team led by CEO Miranda Taylor and including our own Jill Stajduhar from UWA, to assist NERA foster industry collaboration nationally to boost skilled jobs and exports of LNG and other energy resources.”

For further information contact Kym Bills on 0419 241 496; see also www.waera.com.au and www.nrsp.com.au