The changing face of WA’s economy is displayed in WA Works’ latest Major Projects List, with new infrastructure for lithium, transport, tourism and agriculture pointing the way to major construction trends.

The WA Works major project list is the only one of its kind in WA, detailing all the moving and shaking of the state’s biggest players in a handy to read table.

The new list offers key details on more than 70 major projects that should be on the radar of every contractor or supplier, ranging from mining to Metronet.

Eight new major projects were identified in the previous issue, with seven of those entries having a combined value of $3.6 billion.

The eighth, a proposal by Kidman Resources and Chile’s SQM for the Mt Holland lithium mining and processing operation, was yet to be costed as WA Works went to press. However, it has the potential to contribute several hundred million dollars to WA’s lithium construction boom.

Metronet is expected to provide rich supply chain opportunities in the next few years as the McGowan Labor Government edges into procurement and major construction for its headline rail transport project.

The new list provides fresh details on the cost of the two early rail projects after the State Government committed $520.2 million for the Joondalup line extension from Butler to Yanchep, and $535.8m for the Thornlie-Cockburn link.

Another $508m was allocated for the purchase of new rail cars, with the Government having flagged its intention to maximise local input for that project.

Moving from Perth’s suburbs to the far North West, Seafarms’ $2b Project Sea Dragon wins the guernsey as the biggest capex project in the new list.

Also on the seashore are two Perth construction projects dedicated to tourism and leisure. The long-mooted Ocean Reef Marina north of Perth could start construction in 2020 after the State Government committed to spend $120 million over the life of the project.

Meanwhile, in Scarborough, China’s 3 Oceans Property was finalising design for its $450M twin towers project hotel and residential project. Assuming an approval from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, major construction could begin before Christmas.

The WA Major Projects List and Resource Projects Maps are available to subscribers of WA Works.

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