Australian Marine Complex infrastructure capacity

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Infrastructure constraints at manufacturing, fabrication and logistics precinct
Priority Initiative
Location
Henderson, Western Australia
Geography
Fast-growing cities
Category
Efficient Markets
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
WA Government
Date added to the IPL
26 February 2021
Australian Marine Complex infrastructure capacity

Problem

Strong growth in demand for shipbuilding, vessel maintenance and sustainment, and infrastructure fabrication for the resource sector in Western Australia is placing pressure on the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson.

The AMC is an integrated marine and industrial fabrication complex established to support the construction, development and maintenance of major projects and assets in the oil and gas, mining and shipbuilding industries. As the owner of the common user facility within the AMC, the WA Government provides infrastructure and services to assist bids on major commercial fabrication and assembly projects.

The existing complex is home to over 150 businesses. However, there is limited infrastructure capacity at the complex and the common user facility to support growing demand.

Without additional capacity at the AMC, overseas markets are likely to capture a significant amount of this demand. This would mean lost activity for the Australian economy.

Proposed initiative

Potential options to address the initiative include providing new berths, new covered fabrication halls and upgraded ship-lift and transfer infrastructure. These works could increase capacity at the AMC.

Other options include additional breakwaters and localised dredging to create a sheltered southern harbour. This could allow out-of-water maintenance and construction of vessels too large for the upgraded lift and transfer infrastructure.

There may also be a need to improve local transport access to and within the complex, particularly for oversized heavy vehicles.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).