South Australia News

19 Dec 2018

Senex Energy Gemba Tests Successful

 Location of Gemba-1 and surrounding infrastructure. Map:  Senex Energy

Australian energy company Senex Energy has successfully tested a gas exploration well in the Cooper Basin in South Australia.According to the Brisbane-based company The Gemba-1 well flowed 227,000 cubic metres (8 mcf) of gas per day over a period of a week."Senex Energy has successfully completed the initial flow test of the Gemba-1 gas exploration well in the Cooper Basin, with stabilised flow rates of approximately eight million standard cubic feet per day, plus associated liquids…

07 Aug 2018

Australia Opens Up Opportunities for UK Shipping

Image: ASC Shipbuilding

A major investment in new frigates and submarines by the Australian government has created long-term opportunities for UK and European businesses with relevant intellectual property and expertise, said Moore Stephens. This summer the Australian government awarded UK firm BAE Systems a contract to build nine next-generation frigates – known as the ‘Future Frigates’ project – worth A$35 billion, said a research report written by Moore Stephens' Michael Simms & Grant Miles.The programme…

23 Jul 2018

Plans for Another South Australia LNG Import Plant in the Works

A private firm is looking to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) to South Australia starting in 2020, around the same time as two other proposed import projects, looking to fill a supply gap as domestic gas gets sucked into LNG exports.Venice Energy, set up by former BHP Billiton executives, plans to submit a development application to the South Australian government within the next month to park a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Port Adelaide, Managing Director Kym Winter-Dewhirst said.If regulatory approvals come through by March, construction could begin by June 2019, he told Reuters in an interview. The project would be funded partly by Venice's owners…

01 Jul 2018

Future Frigates to Provide Shipbuilding Jobs: Aus Govt

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia with ASC workers. Photo: ASC Shipbuilding

Thousands of jobs will be created in South Australia as a result of the Malcolm Turnbull  Government’s announcement that Australia’s nine Future Frigates will be designed by BAE and built by ASC Shipbuilding, says South Australian  Liberal Government. Premier Steven Marshall said that South Australia will be the beneficiary of this $35 billion decision with many local businesses in the supply chain winning a share of the Coalition’s historic investment. “South Australia is now unquestionably the centre of naval shipbuilding in Australia,” said Premier Marshall.

22 Mar 2018

Naval Group Engages KBR in SEA1000 Project

Photo: Naval Group Australia

Naval Group has formally signed a Design Services Subcontract (DSSC) with local engineering company, KBR, to assist with the concept design of the proposed Future Submarine (SEA1000) construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia. The submarine construction yard concept design will include the facilities and infrastructure required to construct a fleet of twelve regionally superior Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. Through the DSSC…

27 Sep 2017

RJE to Build GE Gas Turbine Modules for Australian Navy Frigates

LM2500 engine (Photo: GE)

GE’s Marine Solutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RJE Global, Morphettville, South Australia, whereby RJE will assemble GE LM2500 gas turbine modules and manufacture a number of components for this engine in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s new SEA 5000 frigate program. The MOU was signed by both companies recently at RJE’s facility in Adelaide. The nine-ship SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program will replace the aging Anzac class frigates. GE’s LM2500 gas turbines are operational on two of the short-listed qualified ship designs -- Fincantieri’s FREMM and Navantia’s F100.

23 Sep 2017

Australian Navy Commissions Hobart (II) – One in a Million

HMAS Hobart returning to Sydney Harbour for the last time prior to being decommisioned. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Royal Australian Navy will commission the first of three new destroyers today (On 23 September). In continuing our reflective stories of previous ships that have carried the name HMAS Hobart, this is the story of Hobart (II). The second ship to bear the name Hobart was one of three Perth class guided missile destroyers built in the United States for the Royal Australian Navy. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 18 December 1965 under the command of Captain Guy Griffiths.

28 Jul 2017

'Team Damen' Unites Dutch and Australian Industry

Artist’s impression of the Damen 1800 OPV  (Photo: Damen)

Australian Maritime Systems Group is entering into a joint venture with one of Europe’s leading marine technology companies as part of a tender for Australia’s next giant defence contract. The Brisbane-based company is partnering with Dutch firm Alewijnse Marine to support the Damen Group’s bid to build the next generation of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy. The vessels will be mainly constructed in Adelaide and Perth, but AMSG’s involvement would generate highly-skilled and long-term electrical engineering jobs for the Queensland-based company.

09 Jun 2017

Austal, ASC Partner for Australian Frigate Program

(Photo: ASC Shipbuilding

Australian shipbuilders Austal Limited and ASC Shipbuilding have joined forces for the build of the SEA5000 Future Frigates Program. Under this arrangement, the two say they will collaborate in support of the program, pooling complementary strengths, skills and experience. “The Austal/ASC Shipbuilding teaming arrangement offers a compelling, low risk, Australian shipbuilding solution for each of the three shortlisted international designers; BAE, Fincantieri and Navantia,” Austal CEO, David Singleton said.

18 May 2017

Australia Announces Naval Shipbuilding Plan

File photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Australian government announced a $89 billion (US$66.2 billion) naval shipbuilding plan, based mostly in Adelaide. The program will produce 12 submarines, nine frigates and 12 offshore patrol vessels for the Australian navy as well as 19 Pacific patrol boats to be given to neighboring countries. AFP quoted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying that the largest peacetime naval investment package - first flagged in 2015 to replace its ageing fleets - would boost local industry, with up to 5,000 jobs created in shipbuilding directly and double that in the supply chain.

20 Mar 2017

Damen OPV Roadshow Tours Australia

Mark Todd (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyard Group’s Australian team has delivered two more industry briefings to potential suppliers from Australian industry ahead of its bid submission for the design and build of 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPV). Following February’s events held in Adelaide and Perth, Damen hosted a third in Brisbane on March 15 and a fourth two days later in Melbourne. The Damen group is one of three international shipbuilders shortlisted for the building of the 12 steel-hulled OPVs to replace Australia’s current fleet of Armidale Class patrol boats.

18 Mar 2017

Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation of Australia

Training Ship Young Endeavour returns to Fleet Base East, Sydney, after completing a ten month circumnavigation of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy-operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour returned to Sydney recently after a 10-month circumnavigation of Australia. Since departing Sydney in May 2016, more than 500 young people have developed important leadership and life skills as part of the youth development program conducted onboard. During each of the 11 to 13-day voyages, 24 youth crew learnt the skills necessary to sail a square-rigged tall ship. This included how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, set and furl sails, take the helm and climb the 30-metre mast.

07 Feb 2017

Damen Briefs Local Suppliers Ahead of Australian OPV Bid

Perth briefing (Photo: Damen)

As Damen Shipyards Group prepares its SEA 1180 OPV Program tender to the Australian Ministry of Defense, the Dutch shipbuilder said it has held two industry briefings aimed at Australian companies active in the maritime and defense industries. Now in the preliminary stages of the tender process, Damen said it held the briefings in Adelaide on February 3 and in Perth on February 5 “to become better acquainted with the capabilities, services and products of local suppliers,” as it aims to encourage the maximum possible amount of Australian content…

30 Jan 2017

Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart Acceptance Sea Trials Begins

Hobart departs for  sea trials Photo RAN

Today marks a significant milestone for the first Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart, as the next phase of sea trials commence in Adelaide. Hobart will sail into waters off the coast of South Australia to undertake testing of combat, communications and additional platform systems. Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne said this set of trials, known as sea acceptance trials; represent the beginnings of the formal ship acceptance process in the lead up to delivery later this year.

20 Jan 2017

Italian Boosts to Flinders Shipbuilding Ambitions

Australia’s Ambassador to Italy Dr Greg French, left, Flinders Professor Saint, the University of Genoa’s Professor Trucco, and Fincantieri’s Vice President Sales Sabrina Sanguineti at the MoU signing in Genoa.Flinders Univ

Building on its partnership with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced earlier this month, South Australia’s Flinders University has signed a supporting agreement with The University of Genoa to cooperate in research and development and training with focus on maritime, naval architecture and shipbuilding. The agreement not only strengthens Flinders’ connection with Fincantieri – one of the shortlisted companies bidding to build Australia’s Future Frigates – but also opens…

17 Jan 2017

MoU Centered on Australian Future Submarines

Photo: DCNS

Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique will be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Susan Close and the Deputy Chief Executive of DCNS and General Manager of Australia’s Future Submarine Program, Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt.

16 Dec 2016

Fincantieri Targets Navy Contract with New Australian Arm

Fincantieri has established an Australian arm with sights on the Australian Navy’s new Future Frigates – SEA 5000 program. Having been shortlisted by the Australian Government to bid to design and build nine new frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), shipbuilder Fincantieri has established its local company, Fincantieri Australia, and will open a new Australian headquarters in Canberra. Fincantieri Australia will now manage the shipbuilder’s participation in the competitive evaluation process for the SEA 5000 Future Frigates program. “Fincantieri’s commitment to this project will be total and we will deploy all of the company’s strengths as a market leader…

24 Nov 2016

Australian Navy Bases See Red

Navy members from around the country have been working hard for the last three months saving more than 3,200 lives during the Defence Blood Challenge. Teams from HMA Ships Cairns, Waterhen and Penguin and the Australian Defence Force Academy recently rolled up their sleeves to help protect Australia’s blood supply. At last count, Navy provided 1084 donations of whole blood or plasma, almost reaching last year’s total with two weeks to run. The final push is on Friday 25 November when the mobile blood donation centre visits HMAS Penguin. Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Ian Daley is encouraging all Sydney based personnel, family and friends to register for Navy’s Red 25 team and to make a donation at Penguin on the day. “Our target is to get 100 donations in a single day.

17 Nov 2016

Saab Supplies First Common Operating Picture to Flinders Ports

Photo courtesy of Saab

Defence and security company Saab has deployed its first Common Operating Picture (COP): an extension of Saab’s KleinPort port management information system (PMIS) that makes ports more efficient and competitive. As of November 1st 2016, Flinders Ports in Australia began live utilization of the KleinPort COP. KleinPort COP gives all authorized port stakeholders an easily accessible, map-based overview of their port. The information is layered to allow users to select only the data relevant to their area of responsibility.

01 Sep 2016

Fincantieri Signs Future Frigate Participant Service Contract

Fincantieri Shipbuilding

Fincantieri signed a contract with the Australian Government to participate in the Competitive Evaluation Process, conducted by the Department of Defence, to deliver 9 Future Frigates - to be built in Adelaide, South Australia - for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under the SEA 5000 programme. Fincantieri is one of three shipbuilders short-listed by the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), part of the Department of Defence, to participate in the evaluation and selection process, which will last about one year. Similar agreements were signed also by Navantia and BAE Systems.

20 Jul 2016

Aussie Defence Minister Pyne Hits Ground Running

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne Photo PyneOnLine

The new Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP met with His Excellency Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, Captain (Navy) Yann Marboeuf, Defence Attaché to Australia, Vice Admiral Jacques Cousquer, Head of International Development Division (Asia Pacific Region), Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) in the French Ministry of Defence, and Captain (Armement) Raphaël Jammes, Submarines Cooperation Programs Manager, DGA. In his first major meeting as Minister for Defence Industry…

02 May 2016

French PM: Aussie Subs to be built in Australia

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday he was committed to building all of a new Australian submarine fleet in Australia, apparently contradicting the French contractor who said last week the deal would create jobs in France. Valls stopped off in Australia while headed to New Zealand for a scheduled visit, just days after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said France had beaten out Japan and Germany for the A$50 billion ($38 billion) contract. Valls said he would personally oversee the drafting of the contract, one of the world's biggest defence deals, between France's state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group and Australia over the next few months. "We would like to conclude as soon as possible this contract," Valls told reporters through an interpreter after meeting Turnbull.

26 Apr 2016

France sinks Japanese, German Sub Bids

(image: DCNS Group)

Fleet of 12 submarines to be built in South Australia; decision has political implications at home, abroad. France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12 submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday. The victory for state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group underscored France's strengths in developing a compelling military-industrial bid…

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