Civmec News

Key Milestone Achieved for First Offshore Patrol Vessel

29 March 2019 in General News Posted by

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.

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29 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Construction Commenced on Australia’s Largest Lithium Processing Plant

28 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Construction is underway on Albemarle’s new lithium hydroxide plant being built in WA’s south-west, near Bunbury. Civmec’s Henderson facility will fabricate and pre-assemble components for on-site plant erection, with site works expected from mid-2019 to March 2021.

Albemarle’s $1 billion Kemerton plant will be Australia’s largest lithium processing plant, producing approximately 100,000 tonnes per annum when fully operational. Given the global demand for lithium in 2018 was about 270,000 tonnes, the new plant’s capacity is significant on a global scale, cementing Western Australia’s position as the number one global producer of lithium.

Albemarle is committed to operating the plant for 30 to 50 years, creating 500 construction jobs and another 500 in the region once fully operational.

The official sod turning ceremony, held on March 28, was attended by Premier Mark McGowan.

“With up to 1,000 local jobs being created, this project will be a huge economic boost for the south-west region and will show the capability Western Australia has in the lithium-ion battery sector,” said Mr McGowan.

The plant will initially comprise of three production trains, fed by lithium concentrate from the nearby mine at Greenbushes which Albemarle jointly owns with China’s Tianqi Lithium.

“This two-year project is ideally suited to our operations, fabricating, modularising and site erecting steel work for this key Western Australian development,” said Civmec’s Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Tallon.

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28 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Euroz Big Walk for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation

22 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec participated in the 2019 Euroz Big Walk for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation on Sunday March 17.

The Euroz Big Walk is a chance for the community to come together, have fun and raise money for sick kids in hospital. Civmec was proud to support the event, with a St Patricks Day lucky dip for the kids to enjoy as they undertook the 6km adventure walk across the Matagarup Bridge and along the banks of the Swan River.

Thank you to the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation for organising a fantastic event, with proceeds going to help fund the care and treatment of patients at PCH.

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22 March 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec Secures Fabrication and Assembly Contract for BHP’s South Flank

27 February 2019 in General News Posted by

Civmec will fabricate and modularise key components for BHP’s South Flank iron ore mine, currently under construction approximately 100km north-west of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The award of the South Flank Module Fabrication and Assembly Package #3 includes the supply and assembly of 23 fully equipped ‘smart modules’, including the supply and installation of the required mechanical and electrical equipment up to no-load commissioning for each module.

The scope comprises conveyor shuttle modules, sample station, pump skids, train loadout and feeder modules, which will be fabricated and assembled at Civmec’s waterfront facility located at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia, before being transported to site for installation.

Work will commence immediately, with completion anticipated by mid-2020. The award of this scope of work may provide an estimated 80 jobs in Perth.

Civmec’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Patrick Tallon, said: “We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to further support BHP in the delivery of what will ultimately become its flagship mine. The award of this scope of work complements the packages already in production for ThyssenKrupp, in the supply, manufacture, trial assembly, surface treatment and pre-assembly of stackers, bogies and equalisers for the rail mounted machines for the South Flank project.

When fully operational, South Flank will be one of the world’s largest iron ore operations integrating the latest advances in autonomous-ready fleets, digital connectivity and modular design.
The combined value of these Fabrication and Assembly packages for the South Flank project is approximately $48 million and reflects the growing confidence and investment in Western Australia’s resource industry.

27 February 2019 in General News Posted by

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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4 October 2018 in General News Posted by