THE HON JULIE BISHOP MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
Federal Member for Curtin
SENATOR THE HON MICHAELIA CASH
Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Senator for Western Australia
SENATOR THE HON MATT CANAVAN
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
29 November 2017
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN LOCAL RESOURCE SECTOR INNOVATION
Member for Curtin Julie Bishop MP congratulates the University of Western Australia (UWA) on being awarded a grant to aid the development of the LNG Futures Facility.
It is one of eight innovative projects to receive $4.8 million in funding through the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative.
UWA will use the $1.7 million grant to co-fund the development of the LNG Futures Facility Living Lab, a national, open-access resource facility consisting of a fully functioning LNG plant designed to enable research and demonstrate new technologies in a live environment.
Minister Bishop said she was delighted that a Curtin-based firm was contributing to innovation, collaboration and sustainability in the resources sector.
“I’m pleased that innovative technologies and fresh ideas from the Curtin electorate are receiving vital support. I am confident this project will contribute to an exciting new stage of innovation and transformation in the energy resources sector,” Minister Bishop said.
Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the projects funded through National Energy Resources Australia’s (NERA), the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre, will leverage a further $5.7 million from industry partners.
“These industry-led projects will help secure the Australian industry’s position at the forefront of global technology development,” Minister Cash said.
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said projects funded through NERA included innovative clean technology projects for the energy resources sector.
“This highly competitive funding round received strong interest from clean technology innovators keen to partner with businesses in the oil and gas, coal and uranium industries,” Minister Canavan said.
“These projects will bring economic and environmental benefits to Australia’s crucial resources sector, whilst driving innovation that will secure its competitiveness within the rapidly evolving global marketplace.
“I’m delighted to see NERA continuing to deliver on its 10-year Sector Competitiveness Plan to secure a strong future for Australia’s oil, gas, coal and uranium industries that will create jobs and investment in regional Australia.”
NERA is one of six industry-led growth centres established under the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative. With funding from the Australian Government, NERA works with energy resources companies, their supply chains, research and innovation partners and with governments under a shared vision to drive the sector forward.
Further information about the NERA Project Fund recipients is available at www.nera.org.au
Further information about the Industry Growth Centres Initiative is available at www.industry.gov.au/growthcentres
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