TOP DEALS OF 2005
Class By Themselves
Some deals lie somewhere between the categories of corporate investment, national infrastructure and the future. Here are a few worth singling out:
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor
Western AustraliaAmong the benefits touted by the Western Australia government of this $8.4- billion development of the Gorgon gas field (one of several major Australian gas development projects) are 400 permanent jobs, 3,000 construction jobs and another 6,000 indirect jobs — including 1,700 in Western Australia. The complex itself would inhabit some 741 acres (300 hectares) on Barrow Island. The value of its exports would total some US$1.9 billion.
Royal Dutch/Shell Group/Qatar Gas
Ras Laffan City, QatarA $7-billion LNG production facility is only the beginning of an energy complex sure to play a major role in the global future of LNG usage.
Kannapolis, N.C.Ground was broken early in February 2006 for the Core Laboratory building, the centerpiece of Dole Food Co. owner David H. Murdock's vision of a "biopolis" that will include facilities from all the state's major universities. The $1-billion redevelopment of the former Pillowtex campus is just a part of an economic boom embracing several communities on the outskirts of the Charlotte metro area.
Stem Cell Research Institute
San Francisco, Calif.Notable more for its $3 billion in proposed funding than its outright facilities, this institute makes California one of only a handful of states in the U.S. actively encouraging stem cell research. San Francisco beat out San Diego, Sacramento and nearby Emeryville. National talent attraction in both the private and academic sectors has already begun.
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