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Infrastructure and Mining

BIS Oxford Economics is highly regarded for its research and forecasting in the infrastructure construction, transport, maintenance, mining, utilities and related sectors.

Riding the Rail Wave – A Sleeper Sector No More

  • Posted by Ronal Kumar and Adrian Hart
  • Friday, 01 September 2017

The bust in resources investment drove a halving in rail construction activity in Australia between 2012 and 2016, but a sustained pipeline of public rail investment will make rail the strongest civil construction growth market over the next decade.

Major Transport Projects – Wave, Tsunami or Higher Tide?

  • Posted by Adrian Hart with contributions from Ronal Kumar
  • Thursday, 23 February 2017

Australia is on the cusp of an upswing in transport related engineering construction over the three years to FY19, led by an unprecedented amount of work on major projects (projects with over $2 billion in construction work done). But is it just another cycle or does it signify the start of a higher plane of infrastructure investment?

Is the window closing for lower cost infrastructure investment?

  • Posted by Adrian Hart with contributions from Ronal Kumar
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Cost escalation is a highly important variable in determining the feasibility of large infrastructure projects. Strong growth in construction costs during the boom years has now given way to weaker cost growth and, importantly, lower tender prices, providing more “bang for the infrastructure buck”. But Australian governments and construction contractors need to be aware of the risks of a return to stronger growth in construction costs, particularly in our cities.

$10 Billion Needed (Fast) to Reach the 2020 Renewable Energy Target

  • Posted by Ronal Kumar with contributions from Adrian Hart
  • Monday, 02 May 2016

An oversupply of renewable energy certificates, coupled with heightened uncertainty caused by renewables policy changes, has stymied the development of new large scale wind and solar generation projects in Australia. This situation is forecast to reverse over the next few years, as certificates generated by the boom in small scale renewables projects are eventually absorbed. Certificate prices have already increased and investment will be next. But it is highly doubtful the 2020 Renewables Energy Target – requiring $10 billion in new investment – will be met in time.

On the Roads Again

  • Posted by Adrian Hart
  • Thursday, 18 February 2016

Road construction activity has fallen by over 20 per cent in real terms since its peak in 2011/12, amplifying the downturn in overall engineering construction work. But the outlook for this sector is highly positive — in contrast to the overall construction market.

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