Commerce Minister Troy Buswell today turned the first sod of Australia’s biggest undercover fabrication hall at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson.
The Civmec Construction and Engineering facility is the size of two Australian Rules football ovals and would capitalise on the opportunities created by projects such as Gorgon and Oakajee while creating more than 650 new jobs.
Mr Buswell said the $24million facility would enhance and strengthen the State’s existing fabrication capabilities.
“Civmec’s fabrication hall will enable the State to take advantage of opportunities that arise from projects such as Gorgon and Oakajee, as well as opportunities which result from the Defence White Paper published earlier this year,” he said.
“The sheer size of the workshop will mean Western Australia will be able to compete for larger scale fabrication and module assembly tenders from the marine, defence, petroleum and resources industries.
“This investment is anticipated to provide 650 new jobs and a thousand more indirectly from new work that will be brought into the State.
“This workshop complements the activities taking place at the Australian Marine Complex and is a timely boost to the State’s industrial capability.”
The facility will feature cranage capable of lifting 200 tonnes in one operation as well as the capacity to load and unload six trucks at one time without affecting production.
Civmec’s chief executive officer Jim Fitzgerald said the facility would meet the need for a one-stop-shop for large and small scale module assembly in the State.
“We are excited by the opportunities this workshop will create for the State, which will be up and running in time for the Gorgon Project,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
The workshop is estimated to be completed by the end of 2010, with completion of the office approximately 12 months later.
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