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Clean Up Australia Day

26 February 2019 in General News Posted by

Employees at our Henderson and Newcastle facilities, and across our projects, participated in Business Clean Up Day on Tuesday February 26, cleaning up their local area and contributing to a cleaner environment.

Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s largest community-based environment event, empowering communities, businesses and schools to remove rubbish and clean up our beautiful country.


26 February 2019 in General News Posted by

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

Vinnie’s Drive-in, Sleep-in 2018

2 November 2018 in Community Posted by

Civmec participated in the 2018 Vinnie’s Drive- In, Sleep-In during October.

The Drive-In, Sleep-In helps raise awareness and funds to support people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. It’s alarming to learn that every night more than 9,000 West Australians experience homelessness and of these people, more than 3,500 are young people and children, and specifically 1,500 are children under 12 years of age.

A number of Civmec employees and their families participated in the event, braving the wet conditions and sleeping in their cars for the night, with an impressive $12,495 raised for the cause.


2 November 2018 in Community 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

CCF Earth Award Winner

17 September 2018 in Uncategorized Posted by

Civmec took home the Category 6 Award (for projects valued more than $75 million) at the Civil Contractors Federation Earth Awards, for works on the Optus Stadium.

The Perth Stadium Steelwork Package comprised the fabrication, supply and erection of key elements of the stadium structure, including the structural frame and roof trusses and various precast elements, including installation of the seating platforms.

Civmec fabricated 15,700 tonnes of structural steel at its Henderson facility, including the 50 roof trusses, each about 45m long and 5m wide.

A significant innovation Civmec brought to the project was to produce the roof trusses as a single-piece element delivered complete to the Stadium, rather than the four pieces as originally designed.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the successful delivery of this iconic project.

The Civmec team accepting the Earth Award

The Civmec team accepting the Earth Award

17 September 2018 in Uncategorized Posted by

Civmec admitted to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)

21 June 2018 in Uncategorized Posted by

Tomorrow, Australian-based Civmec Limited (Civmec) (code CVL) will officially list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). As Civmec is currently listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) the company will now have dual listing status.

Since establishing in 2009, Civmec, an Australian based multi-disciplinary construction and heavy engineering provider, has played a major role in many of Australia’s prestigious and complex projects in the oil and gas, metals and minerals and infrastructure sectors and has established a reputation for being a provider of quality construction and engineering services. More recently the company secured a significant award in the marine and defence market where it will support the nations defence shipbuilding program.

The ASX listing provides Civmec with an additional platform to broaden its shareholder and capital base, while also building on the excellent support Civmec has received from investors in Singapore, since listing on the Singapore Exchange in April 2012.

Mr. James Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Civmec, said “this is a very exciting chapter for the company and we see it as positive move for both our current and future Australian investors. We look forward to Australian investors being able to share in our successes through an investment in the company.”

Mr. Patrick Tallon, Chief Executive Officer of Civmec, said “ with our past and current projects predominately delivered by our Australian workforce on Australian soil and our growth prospects mainly focussed on the Australian market, we see this as a natural move to exhibit our home identity.”

Civmec will commence trading on the ASX tomorrow 22 June 2018 at 12:00 PM AEST under the ASX code CVL. For further information visit our web site at

21 June 2018 in Uncategorized Posted by

Australia’s New Naval Shipbuilding Company

26 May 2018 in Uncategorized Posted by

Civmec together with Luerssen has agreed to form a new company, Australian Maritime Shipbuilding and Export Group (AMSEG). It will combine Civmec’s steel manufacturing capability and infrastructure with the shipbuilding and design expertise of Luerssen, to develop a new world class sovereign shipbuilding capability, based in Henderson, Western Australia.

It is intended that AMSEG will serve as a subcontractor to Luerssen in the delivery of the SEA1180 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) program. The terms and conditions of the existing contract that Civmec has already been awarded for work on the OPV program will be modified to integrate AMSEG into the management of the program. The outcome of the formation of AMSEG and modification to Civmec’s existing contract will be that Civmec will ultimately perform a larger scope of work on the OPV program.

Using the SEA1180 contract as a catalyst, AMSEG will invest in skills and transfer of knowledge to local subcontractors and suppliers, contributing to building a competitive Australian shipbuilding industry and supply chain that can export to the global naval market.

The new company is currently establishing its highly experienced management team and will be chaired by former Chief of the Royal Australian Navy and former Chairman of major shipbuilder ASC Shipbuilding, Vice Admiral (ret) Chris Ritchie.

To read the full press release, please click here.

26 May 2018 in Uncategorized Posted by