Civmec News

CCF WA Earth Award Winner

19 August 2019 in General News Posted by

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.

19 August 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Secures Award of Major Iron Ore Project for Fortescue Metals Group

13 August 2019 in General News Posted by

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.

13 August 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Announced Western Region Winner In The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

9 August 2019 in Community Posted by

Civmec’s Executive Chairman, James Fitzgerald and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Tallon, have been selected as the Western Region winners of the Sustained Excellence Award in the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The pair’s vision when Civmec commenced operations in 2009, was to bring to the Australian construction industry a multi-disciplined organisation offering diversified core capabilities, based on the foundation of a skilled workforce focused on self-performance. In just 10 short years, Civmec has come a long way in fulfilling this vision.

Mr Fitzgerald said: “It is a great honour to receive this award. If I look back on the last 10 years, what strikes me as our biggest strength, is our ability to continue to adapt, evolve and innovate. We have been able to carve out our competitive advantage by driving and unlocking the value of innovation, developing long-term strategic partnerships, and diversifying our offering to meet changing market needs.”

Over the past decade, the company has completed work on some of Australia’s largest and most prestigious projects, including the Gorgon, Wheatstone and Ichthys LNG projects, maintenance contracts for Rio Tinto, BHP, FMG and Roy Hill, and projects that have transformed Perth’s landscape, including Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium and the Matagarup Bridge. Most recently, Civmec has been awarded a major contract to deliver the Offshore Patrol Vessel program for the Royal Australian Navy.

Mr Tallon said: “Civmec’s success has only been made possible because we have continued to build our suite of capabilities, through the talent and commitment of our workforce, responding to the needs of our clients to provide them with a truly holistic service offering. Our ability to self-perform today is a testament to the quality of workmanship and skill we have grown over the years.”

Mr Fitzgerald and Mr Tallon join other outstanding entrepreneurs from across Australia who will compete for the ultimate prize of being named the 2019 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year, joining their fellow state finalists at the National Awards Ceremony in Sydney on October 31.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.

Pat Tallon accepting the award on behalf of Civmec

Pat Tallon accepting the award on behalf of Civmec

9 August 2019 in Community Posted by

Construction of New Assembly & Maintenance Hall Reaches New Heights

31 July 2019 in General News Posted by

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.

31 July 2019 in General News Posted by

Celebrating 10 Years

17 July 2019 in General News Posted by

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.

17 July 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Undertakes Vessel Repair at Sea

28 May 2019 in General News Posted by

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.



28 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Chairman Appointed to Centre For Defence Industry Capability Board

15 May 2019 in General News Posted by

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)

15 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Minister for Defence Thanks Civmec Workforce

8 May 2019 in General News Posted by

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.

To view Minister Pyne’s full address, click here


8 May 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Welcomes Bill Shorten and Premier Mark McGowan

30 April 2019 in General News Posted by

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.


30 April 2019 in General News Posted by

Prime Minister Takes Another Tour

29 April 2019 in General News Posted by

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.


29 April 2019 in General News Posted by