Civmec today announced its foray into the defence sector with the launch of a new division, which has set its sights on building Australia’s new submarines.
Civmec has appointed a former Royal Australian Navy Commodore, Mike Deeks CSC, as General Manager – Defence, to head the unit and plans to leverage its expertise as a specialist fabricator, constructor and project manager in the resources and infrastructure sectors to establish a strong presence in the defence industry.
The first major opportunity Civmec has identified is the potential to work with the lead contractor appointed to design and build Australia’s future submarine, a multi-billion dollar project.
“Our experience means we certainly have the capability to be their in-country builder,” said Civmec Executive Chairman Jim Fitzgerald.
“This is a massive opportunity, not just for Civmec but for Western Australia. It has the potential to create up to 1,000 jobs and bring a major new industry to our State,” he added.
Civmec owns and operates a large fabrication facility at Henderson, south of Perth. It will have a dedicated facility for building submarines as it intends to construct five new workshop halls as well as office space on a vacant site adjacent to its existing facilities.
Located within the Australian Marine Complex, Civmec’s heavy engineering facility has unimpeded access to the adjacent deep-port facilities, including heavy-lift transport systems and a 100m x 44m floating dock with a lifting and transfer capacity of 4,600t.
A large and diverse range of supporting industries is also located nearby. Fleet Base West – the home of Australia’s submarine force and half of the Australian frigate fleet – is at Garden Island, just 10km across the water from our Henderson facilities.
“This makes it the ideal site for the construction and maintenance of the future submarines,” Mike Deeks said.
Civmec is well placed to take on the submarine project given its strengths, which include:
A history of successfully fabricating complex structures and piping systems in carbon steel and exotic metals, including subsea structures for the oil and gas industry;
- Project management skills to deliver complex tasks on time and on budget, while meeting unique and challenging client requirements;
- Accreditation to Australian and internationally-recognised standards for quality, occupational health and safety and environmental management; and
- Experience in delivering sensitive projects where protection of clients’ intellectual property is a primary consideration.
Civmec regards the submarine project as one of a number of significant opportunities in the defence sector. Other potential projects include maintenance and in-service support of Australian frigates, building of future ships, and defence infrastructure construction.
Jim Fitzgerald said, “The Defence sector which will operate alongside our existing long established business, has the potential to provide an important additional revenue stream for Civmec and given the opportunity and experience gained over our recent subsea projects, we will continue to focus heavily in this area.”
“This move to bring Civmec’s internationally competitive fabrication and project management expertise honed in the resources sector into naval shipbuilding is in line with the Western Australian Government’s position on Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry.”