Civmec took home the Earth Award for Excellence in Civil Construction for the project value of $30 million to $75 million for the Matagarup Bridge Arches and Decks Fabrication, Painting and Transportation.
Civmec’s highly skilled and dedicated workforce was engaged to deliver the works within an extremely challenging delivery timeframe. Transporting the fabricated steel components from Henderson to the project site at Burswood represented a significant challenge, especially the massive arch modules.
Civmec will now represent WA at the National Earth Awards held in Canberra.
Civmec will deliver the Primary Crushing and Ore Processing Facility for Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) new Eliwana Mine and Rail project, located approximately 90km north-west of Tom Price in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Civmec’s scope is for the full vertical delivery of the facility’s Iron Ore Loading, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Crushing, Ore Screening and Associated Conveyor Systems, up to no load commissioning. Shop detailing, fabrication, delivery and site installation of the civil, structural, mechanical, piping and electrical works is included in this significant package of work.
Civmec’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Patrick Tallon, said: “We are pleased to extend our relationship with Fortescue in the delivery of this exciting new contract. We have worked extensively with Fortescue for some time to secure this award, with the package of work utilising many of our core disciplines in a single, vertical solution offering.”
The package for Eliwana will provide employment for an estimated 300 local people, both at Civmec’s heavy engineering facilities where the fabrication will be undertaken, and in the Pilbara for onsite works. Work will commence over the coming months, with completion anticipated by late-2020.
“Fortescue’s strong commitment to supporting West Australian industry, by engaging our fabrication capability as part of the turnkey solution, is commendable. This is a great start to FY2020 and we look forward to the year ahead,” said Mr Tallon.
Civmec also recently secured additional contracts within its maintenance division and subsea fabrication work for the Oil & Gas sector, and these combined with the award of the Eliwana package from Fortescue, brings the value of new work since the beginning of the financial year to approximately AUD $120 million.
Civmec has achieved a significant milestone in the construction of its purpose-built assembly and maintenance hall in Henderson, Western Australia. The mega structure has been rising from the ground since October last year, when Prime Minister Scott Morrison was onsite to witness the erection of the first steel for the new world-class facility.
The building now stands an incredible 70 metres high, with the recent addition of the 27 metre high bay structure which sits atop the expansive main roof. The 600-tonne structure, with a length of 130 metres and width of 40 metres, was securely lifted using hydraulic strand jacks and placed with incredible precision, with a mere 20mm clearance point in several areas.
“Placing the high bay structure presented the team with a significant challenge. It was a complex process that required meticulous planning and I congratulate and thank the team for their commitment and focus in achieving this momentous milestone on the project,” said James Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman.
The new building contains 20 overhead travelling cranes, with the central hall having an impressive 400 tonne lifting capacity. The 60 metre ocean-facing sliding doors are amongst the largest in the world, able to accommodate the transfer of vessels and large modularised structures. The facility has over 1.2 million cubic metres of internal space, which is equivalent to an area that could house 12,000 passenger buses. To date, approximately 4,900 tonnes of structural steel and 14,000m3 of concrete have been used in the structure, with an estimated total of 5,100 tonnes of steel and 21,000m3 of concrete required for the entire build.
When complete, the facility will be amongst the most efficient and innovative in the world, delivering a new world-class resource to the Australian maritime landscape and significantly enhancing the capability of Civmec’s existing facilities available at the Australian Marine Complex in Western Australia. The 53,000m2 (usable floor area), 18-storey high facility will be the largest undercover modularisation and maintenance facility in Australia, with the capacity to house large vessels, including complete Air Warfare Destroyers, Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels, for construction or maintenance, as well as large integrated modules for the Oil & Gas and Metals & Minerals sectors.
“Our substantial investment in this new facility, capable of handling any of Australia’s major projects across the resource, infrastructure and defence sectors, is an integral element in securing the company’s long-term future. It is a significant piece of industrial infrastructure, and when fully operational will provide employment opportunities for up to an additional 1,000 Australians, including 100 new apprentices and trainees,” said Patrick Tallon, Chief Executive Officer.
This month, we celebrate Civmec’s 10-year anniversary. We have delivered some amazing projects over the past decade, and our success has only been possible because of the skill and dedication of our people and the trust our clients have placed in us in delivering their projects. From the company, a big thank you to everyone that has come on this journey with us, we have all played a part in making Civmec what it is today.
Civmec has successfully undertaken marine maintenance repairs on board a large vessel in open water, under extremely challenging conditions.
Our highly skilled personnel battled large swells as they undertook the complex repairs of the LNG tanker Gas Defiance, 100 kilometres off the New South Wales coast.
The emergency repairs, for Greek company Stealth Maritime Industries, included rectification of major damage to the deck and Panama Chock, essential for the guidance of rope mooring lines on board the large vessel.
Undertaken over six days, the repairs required Hot Work which, for safety reasons, the Port Authority of New South Wales would not allow to be undertaken while the tanker was at berth.
Civmec was able to quickly mobilise a specialised team to carry out the emergency repairs, including organising materials and equipment, undertaking the required Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), and liaising with the Port Authority regarding access and permits.
The successful delivery of the works is a testament to the skill and capability of our specialised marine maintenance team.
Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds has announced the appointment of Civmec’s Executive Chairman, James Fitzgerald, to the Board of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).
The CDIC is an initiative of the Defence Industry Policy Statement. Its purpose is to help transform the defence and industry relationship, facilitate innovation and exports, and fund defence industry development, critical defence business maturity and skilling.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr Fitzgerald to the CDIC Advisory Board. Mr Fitzgerald is committed to Australian manufacturing and has a strong belief in the training and development of people,” said Minister Reynolds.
The CDIC Advisory Board brings together Australian defence industry leaders and senior public sector representatives to provide guidance and strategic direction for the CDIC, including:
recommendations on industry development projects that build the capability and capacity of Australian industry to support Defence requirements;
consideration of current defence skilling programs and recommendations on the future structure and delivery models;
evaluation of outcomes to ensure CDIC activities align with Defence’s strategic priorities and deliver on their intent; and
provision of advice to government on the development of sustainable defence industrial capability in line with Australia’s defence priorities.
“I am very pleased to be given this opportunity to join the Board and contribute to the development of Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” said Mr Fitzgerald.
James Fitzgerald (right), with Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne (centre) and Civmec CEO, Patrick Tallon (left)
Minister for Defence, the Honourable Christopher Pyne, could not contain his genuine enthusiasm for Civmec’s new shipbuilding and maintenance facility, currently under construction at Henderson, as he addressed the company’s workforce.
Describing the immense structure as “magnificent”, Minister Pyne congratulated Civmec on having the foresight to invest in the future of Australia’s defence capability, both in people and infrastructure.
“Civmec really took up the challenge, and decided if there’s going to be a shipbuilding industry in Australia, we want to be part of it,” the Minister said.
Minister Pyne was on site back in April 2017 to mark the first day of ground preparation works for the new facility, and wanted to return one last time to see its progression before retiring from his political career. Designed to be one of the most efficient and innovative in the world, the development will deliver a new world-class resource to the Australian maritime landscape and significantly enhance the capability available nationally.
Minister Pyne also wanted to take the opportunity to address and thank Civmec’s skilled and talented workforce, congratulating them on the important role they are playing, not only in growing Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability, but ultimately in the defence of the country.
“The skilled workforce that you represent gives the Government the confidence to invest in Australia rather than building ships and submarines overseas,” he said.
Minister Pyne reflected on the Coalition Government’s decision six years ago to invest in Australia’s defence capability. The result of this today, being the commitment to build 57 military vessels in Australia, including 12 new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy.
In partnership with Luerssen Australia, Civmec will supply and process steel for all 12 OPVs, with the preparation and profile cutting of steel plates for the first two vessels currently underway at Henderson. Following the build of the first two vessels at Osborne in South Australia, Civmec will complete the fabrication and construction of the following 10 vessels in its new world-class ship assembly hall.
The Minister reiterated how proud Civmec and the workforce should be of the amazing work being delivered, and the significant capability being developed across specialised trades.
With Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Perth for the first federal election leaders’ debate to be held in Western Australia, he took the opportunity to visit Civmec’s Henderson facility and meet and address workers.
Joined by Premier Mark McGowan, Mr Shorten chatted with workers as he toured the facility.
Premier McGowan welcomed Mr Shorten, and in his address to the assembled group, the Premier spoke highly of the skill and dedication of the workforce, who work together as a solid team at Civmec. He referenced the excellent work achieved by the company in the delivery of the steel for the iconic Optus Stadium. He then hailed even more praise on the Civmec workforce who worked tirelessly when called upon to deliver the Matagarup Bridge for the State. He highlighted that this was a testament to the capabilities of the highly skilled and dedicated men and women at Civmec who were able to achieve, to the highest quality, in approximately five months, an extremely challenging delivery timeframe. He referenced the fact that the contract was originally awarded to an overseas fabrication company, but was brought back to Western Australia to be built at Civmec by his government when the overseas fabricator was unable to complete the job after working on it for almost two years.
Civmec supplied and erected key elements of the Optus Stadium structure, including the structural frame and roof trusses and various precast elements, and then as a member of the Swan River Bridge Alliance, Civmec’s significant specialist expertise was employed to undertake the steel fabrication, painting and transportation of the arches and decks for the Matagarup Bridge.
The Premier then went on to talk about how confident he was that these great skills will be utilised at the company’s new shipbuilding facility. The mega-structure, currently under construction, will rival the world’s best facilities, and will be the Western Australian location for the construction of the Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Australian Navy, providing long-term employment for Civmec’s workforce. He expressed with pride that this is what Western Australia and Civmec can produce.
Mr Shorten and Premier McGowan spent considerable time walking the facility and meeting workers one-on-one, before addressing the 700-strong group. In his address, Mr Shorten outlined his plans for Australia’s future should he be elected as the next Prime Minister, focusing on creating Australian jobs and how he wanted all Australians to have a ‘fair go’. He spoke about the importance of creating jobs and improving conditions for all Australians. He spent a lot of time engaging with the workforce, paying particular interest to the 30 or so apprentices who assembled to meet and greet the Opposition Leader leading up to the Federal Election on May 18.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made a second visit to Civmec’s Henderson facility in the space of a few months.
Touring the site and meeting the workforce, the Prime Minister viewed progress on the new shipbuilding and maintenance facility currently under construction. The facility has risen up from the ground in the six months since the Prime Minister was last on site to witness the erection of the first steel for what will be one of the world’s largest undercover Ship Assembly Halls.
The addition of the 53,000m2 (usable floor area) shipbuilding and maintenance facility will further enhance Civmec’s service offering at Henderson. With significant crane capacity of 400T at a height of 40m and 20T at a height of 60m, it will be capable of housing complete Air Warfare Destroyers, Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), for construction or maintenance, as well as large integrated modules for the Oil & Gas and Metals & Minerals sectors.
It will facilitate a national shipbuilding capacity substantially greater than anything that currently exists and will significantly enable Western Australian participation in the Federal Government’s extensive Naval shipbuilding and sustainment program.
Whilst on site, the Prime Minister announced the promise to build two mine warfare support vessels and a hydrographic vessel in Henderson. The three new Navy ships will be built under a coalition government in a $1 billion election commitment set to create 1,000 jobs for West Australians.
“This commitment in WA adds to the 31 minor war vessels being built in the State — built in Australia, by Australian workers, with Australian steel,” Prime Minister Morrison said.
In April 2018, Civmec was awarded the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel program, in contract with Luerssen Australia. The project includes the supply and processing of steel for 12 vessels, with the preparation and profile cutting of steel plates for the first two vessels currently being undertaken by Civmec at its Henderson facility.
Following the build of the first two vessels at Osborne in South Australia, Civmec will complete the fabrication and construction of the following 10 vessels in the new world-class ship assembly hall currently under construction.
The keel for the first of 12 Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) has been completed, representing a significant step forward in the delivery of the SEA 1180 program for the Royal Australian Navy.
Using more than 50 tonnes of steel processed and formed by Civmec at its Henderson facility in Western Australia and assembled by ASC at their Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, the key milestone was achieved on time and on budget.
“This represents the ongoing success story of the government’s $90 billion continuous shipbuilding endeavour in Australia,” said Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.
This milestone has been achieved just four months after commencement of construction.
The new Arafura-class will replace and improve upon the capability of the Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boats when they commence service from 2022. Following the build of the first two vessels in South Australia, Civmec will undertake specific fabrication and construction activities for the following 10 vessels, in partnership with Luerssen Australia. Final consolidation of these vessels will be undertaken in Civmec’s new world-class Ship Assembly Hall currently under construction at its waterfront facilities in Henderson.