General News

Civmec Awarded Key Role in Construction of WA’s Largest Lithium Hydroxide Plant

15 February 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec has been awarded a significant contract from Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd for the delivery of a new lithium hydroxide plant to be built in Western Australia’s south-west.

Albemarle’s new Lithium hydroxide production plant will be located in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, approximately 160 kilometres south of Perth, near the port town of Bunbury.

The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will initially comprise of three (3) production trains, each producing 20,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of lithium hydroxide, with a potential further expansion to five (5) trains which will take the ultimate site production to 100,000 tpa by around 2025.

Civmec’s scope of work includes Structural, Mechanical and Piping for the Hydromet and Final Product, Reagents and Utilities for Trains 1, 2 and 3. The Group’s Henderson facility will be utilised to fabricate and pre-assemble selected components for the on-site plant erection.

Fabrication will commence immediately, with site works expected from mid-2019 to March 2021. At the peak of the construction phase there will be approximately 300 personnel involved in the delivery of the current defined scope, providing significant opportunity for skilled people residing in the region.

Civmec’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Patrick Tallon, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Albemarle as a significant construction partner for this exciting project. This two-year project is ideally suited to our operations, fabricating, modularising and site erecting steel work for this key Western Australian development.”

“This project reflects the growing confidence in the WA resource industry, highlighting a bright future for the coming years.”

15 February 2019 in General News Posted by

Skilled Workforce Journey Begins with OPV Scholarships

13 December 2018 in General News Posted by

Civmec has partnered with Luerssen Australia and ASC to launch the Shipbuilding Education and Apprenticeship (SEA) program, which will help build the skills needed for Australia’s multibillion-dollar naval shipbuilding industry.

Under the program, 12 scholarships have been awarded to engineering and trade students in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, each with a value of $10,000, to help cover education costs. In addition, three of the scholarship recipients have also been awarded internship placements, including one with Civmec.

Civmec Executive Chairman James Fitzgerald said: “We are thrilled to partner with Luerssen Australia, ASC and the Defence Teaming Centre to support young Australians in establishing the skills and expertise required to meet the demands of a continuous naval shipbuilding program, and it is with pleasure we welcome Kayla Roemer-Hanisch back to the business. The recipient of the Civmec internship, Kayla undertook work experience with us this year, and we look forward to providing her with further hands-on experience to enable her to forge a career in the Australian shipbuilding industry.”

Chairman of Luerssen Australia, Tim Wagner, said the SEA program was part of “our commitment to helping Australia build a world-class workforce that will be essential for the Government’s $89 billion naval shipbuilding program”.

Construction of the Luerssen-designed vessels, which will be 85m in length and equipped with a forward gun turret and helicopter, began last month. The first two will be built by ASC in Osborne, South Australia, using steel cut by Civmec at its facility in Henderson, Western Australia, with the remaining 10 to be built by Civmec in its new state-of-the-art Ship Assembly Hall currently under construction at Henderson.

The scholarship program is being administered by the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) and addresses the naval shipbuilding workforce challenge, which will require more than 5,000 skilled employees to build the OPVs, Hunter Class Frigates from 2020 and Future Submarines from 2022.
ASC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said: “ASC is proud to partner with Luerssen and Civmec to launch these scholarships, which will deliver the high-calibre future engineers and tradespeople Australia will require to deliver continuous naval shipbuilding for decades to come.”

Participants include those with masters, bachelors and Cert III qualifications, which shows that regardless of what you are studying, there is an opportunity for a long-term career in naval shipbuilding.

Defence Teaming Centre CEO Margot Forster said: “The DTC has been very pleased to work alongside its industry partners to deliver this initiative. Successful applicants have diverse education backgrounds from vocational all the way through to doctorate students. This shows that there are so many ways that you can get involved in the naval shipbuilding industry in Australia.”


13 December 2018 in General News Posted by

OPVs Named as Arafura Class

27 November 2018 in General News Posted by

Construction has commenced on the first of the 12 Project SEA 1180 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) at Osborne in South Australia, using steel cut at Civmec’s Henderson facility in Western Australia.

The fleet will be named the Arafura class in deference to their planned primary area of operation – the Arafura Sea lies west of the Pacific Ocean, overlying the continental shelf between Australia and Indonesian New Guinea.

The first two OPVs will be built at Osborne, before construction moves to Henderson for completion of the final 10, to be undertaken at Civmec’s purpose-built facility currently under construction and due for completion in late 2019. The 53,000 sqm (gross floor area), 70-metre high, state-of-the-art facility will be one of the largest single undercover modularisation, repair and maintenance facilities in Australia. It will be able to house complete Air Warfare Destroyers, Frigates and OPVs, for construction or maintenance, and introduces a national shipbuilding capacity substantially greater than anything that currently exists.

“These new vessels are being built in Australian facilities, with Australian steel, and by Australian workers,” Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement. “Only a year ago we announced Lürssen was the preferred tenderer. It’s a fantastic achievement to start construction on time and on budget and I’d like to thank everyone involved in the project.”


27 November 2018 in General News Posted by

Prime Minister Visits Henderson Facility

4 October 2018 in General News Posted by

Civmec has achieved two important milestones at its Henderson facility:

  • the erection of the first steel for one of the world’s largest undercover Ship Assembly Halls; and
  • the preparation of steel for delivery to South Australia for Australia’s new fleet of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

The event was officiated by The Honourable Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia, together with Senator The Honourable Mathias Cormann – Minister for Finance, Commodore Stephen Hughes – Director-General Littoral, Royal Australian Navy and Mr Peter Croser – Assistant Secretary Ships Acquisition – Specialist Ships at CASG, Department of Defence.

Construction of the new facility is on track to meet the scheduled completion date of late 2019. The 53,000 sqm (gross floor area), 70-metre high, purpose-built facility will be one of the largest single undercover modularisation, repair and maintenance facilities in Australia. It will be able to house complete Air Warfare Destroyers, Frigates and OPVs, for construction or maintenance and introduces a national shipbuilding capacity substantially greater than anything that currently exists.

The event also marked the commencement of preparation and profile cutting of the Australian steel plate for the first of 12 OPVs to be constructed for the Royal Australian Navy.

Click here to read the full announcement.

Prime Minister Visits Henderson Facility

4 October 2018 in General News Posted by

Delivering Swan River Bridge

4 August 2017 in General News Posted by

Civmec is pleased to advise that they have entered into an Alliance that has been awarded the fabrication of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, linking the new Perth Stadium with East Perth. The Swan River Bridge Alliance includes Civmec Construction & Engineering Pty Ltd, Main Roads WA, York Civil Pty Ltd and Rizzani de Eccher Australia Pty Ltd (the latter two companies known as YRJV).

Using Civmec’s expertise, the Alliance will manage and deliver the steel fabrication, painting and transportation of the arches and decks as part of the iconic Swan River Pedestrian Bridge Project, with the four organisations working together to enable the bridge to be completed to the timetable approved by the Government of Western Australia, which will see the bridge being completed in the first half of 2018.

The Alliance will maximise Australian steel supply to 100% of available capacity and utilise several local fabricators and various other associated subcontractors, who will work various shifts and at its peak the construction will give employment to approximately 300 workers.


4 August 2017 in General News Posted by

Civmec Awarded EPC Contract

10 April 2017 in General News, Investor Relations Posted by

Civmec as part of the Amec Foster Wheeler Civmec JV (ACJV), has been issued a Notice to Proceed by the Gruyere Project Joint Venture (a 50:50 unincorporated joint venture between Gold Roads Resources Limited and Gruyere Mining Company Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gold Field Limited) for an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the Gruyere Gold Project, located within the Yamarna greenstone belt, approximately 200 kilometres east of Laverton in Western Australia.

The scope of work includes the detailed design, procurement and installation of the process plant, administration office, workshop and warehouse, as well as the main water pipelines and powerlines to the borefield.

Engineering has commenced and onsite work is scheduled to start in July 2017. More than 300 personnel will be employed on the project at its peak, with practical completion scheduled for December 2018.

To read the full press release please click here.


Civmec substantially complete at Perth Stadium project

14 October 2016 in General News, Uncategorized Posted by



Civmec reached another major milestone on the Perth Stadium project, which sees Civmec’s works substantially complete.

Having already successfully completed both the structural frame and installation of the precast seating platforms, Civmec has today achieved the significant milestone with the installation of the final one of 50 roof trusses.

With this milestone complete Civmec has minimal scope works outstanding, and expects all works to be fully complete by mid-November 2016.

To view the full media release, please click here.

14 October 2016 in General News, Uncategorized Posted by

Civmec’s acquisition of Forgacs solidifies way for East Coast expansion

2 February 2016 in General News Posted by

MG_8706-2Civmec today announced that the Company has completed the acquisition of Australia’s largest privately-owned engineering and shipbuilding company, Forgacs.

Following the due diligence process and subsequent negotiations the company decided that the acquisition will include the Forgacs name, the shipyard facilities, and the assets located at Tomago, New South Wales.

The purpose-built shipyard at Tomago is situated on the Hunter River, just 14 kilometres from the Port of Newcastle. The 22.7 hectare site includes 535 metres of river frontage with two ship basins.

Civmec will develop the Tomago site to operate as a multi-disciplinary facility which will in future replicate Civmec’s flagship operations at Henderson, Western Australia.

Civmec CEO Pat Tallon said, “This acquisition gives us a strong presence on the East Coast of Australia, enabling us to establish a more substantial East Coast office to provide national and regional clients with a range of services in line with those we currently provide on the West Coast of Australia. It also ensures that we are well positioned immediately to capitalise on the significant ongoing infrastructure expenditure on the East Coast.”

“Our initial focus will be on steel fabrication and precast concrete manufacture and over time we intend to combine the credibility of both the Tomago purpose-built ship building facilities and Civmec’s heavy engineering expertise to further strengthen our defence service offering.”

2 February 2016 in General News Posted by

Submarine hull section unveiled at Civmec Henderson

15 December 2015 in General News Posted by


Civmec, in collaboration with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), yesterday unveiled a newly-built submarine hull section constructed by Civmec at their Henderson facility in Western Australia.

A self-funded initiative, the construction serves to prove that Civmec has the expertise and capabilities to play a part in the construction of Australia’s future naval submarine fleet.

Civmec Executive Chairman Jim Fitzgerald said the work shows that Civmec has the appropriate skills and can meet the fine tolerances required for building submarines.

“We’ve never done anything like this before, so to get into the business if we build a section of the submarine at our cost, we can demonstrate to everybody that we have the ability,” he said.

The hull section was designed in Germany by TKMS before the plans were digitally transmitted to Civmec for the construction phase.

To read more, please click here for the TKMS press release on the project.

15 December 2015 in General News Posted by