The University of Western Australia congratulates two of its leading research groups for securing nearly $10 million in new funding from the Nation’s peak research funding body, the Australian Research Council (ARC).
It is especially pleasing that two of the nine programs to be funded are led by UWA. The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP announced today that $5 million would be awarded to the UWA led ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities and a further $4.6 million to the ARC Training Centre for Liquefied Natural Gas Futures.
The ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) aims to enable Australia’s best researchers to work collaboratively with industry to deliver important outcomes.
The ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities researches critical engineering challenges for offshore oil and gas projects in remote deep water locations by creating improved designs and operating procedures. This will lead to safer and more economic projects and grow WA as an oil and gas centre of excellence. Matched funding will also be provided by industry partners, Shell, Woodside, Bureau Veritas and Lloyds Register.
The ARC Training Centre for Liquefied Natural Gas Futures aims to deliver projects and training to enable future Australian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production from reserves in deep water, at small or remote on-shore locations, with greater efficiency, less environmental impact, and at lower cost than currently possible.
The research and training outcomes will help ensure Australia plays a leading role in future global LNG developments. Supporting funding will also be provided by industry partners Chevron, Shell, Woodside, GE Oil & Gas, Clough, Samsung, Guodian NETRI, Virtual Materials Group and Daewoo.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson said the funding reinforced the leading role of UWA researchers in contributing to the future economic development of the State and the Nation.
“UWA is strongly committed to ensuring that our research and research training provides real benefits to society and we are excited about the opportunities that these projects will provide for us to work in even greater partnership with our industry communities,” Professor Johnson said.
For more information on the Industrial Transformation Research Programme, visit the ARC website.
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716