Capability News

Spring is in the air at ICN, and with it comes some changes to our executive.

We bid farewell to ICN Victoria Executive Director Don Matthews and thank him for his valuable service both to Victoria and to ICNL as Chair of Executive Directors. Grant Anderson has replaced Don in Victoria and brings with him a wealth of manufacturing experience.

Kevin Peters and I have taken on the role as co-Chairs and look forward to the challenges ahead.

This edition of Capability News brings you a feature on Gippsland suppliers getting ready for about $1 billion in infrastructure projects over the next 18 months, and ICN is helping position them to win government tenders.

In other news, Tasmanian businesses offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be part of Antarctic exploration history as the state-of-the-art Icebreaker RSV Nuyina replaces Aurora Australis, which has been battling the Southern Ocean since 1989.

In the Top End, the much-mooted Barossa Offshore project is closer to reality and promises significant income and employment opportunities and ICN is helping map capability ready for five big mining projects in the Red Centre.

South Australia’s North-South Corridor is hitting new milestones in the quest for a 78-kilometre non-stop transport corridor through Adelaide as three major projects are set for completion over the next 18 months.

Meanwhile, in the West the Crux offshore gas project is calling for EOI’s for front-end engineering and design services; BHP has announcing the long-awaited approval for its South Flank mine.

These are just some of the stories in this bumper Spring edition, proving that Australian industry is ready and willing to face the future.


Mike Swart

Kevin Peters

Co-chair ICN Executive Directors


Gippsland businesses set to thrive

ICN Victoria has partnered with Regional Development Victoria (RDV) and various support agencies to help local businesses connect with local opportunities.

ICN Industry Adviser, Colin Young, brought together a range of project managers and support agency representatives to deliver a series of briefings on project opportunities and available support across the Gippsland region.

SA businesses on front foot for shipbuilding projects

Defence infrastructure in South Australia has received a major boost with the Federal Government submitting a development application for the Osborne North shipbuilding facility.

Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) will oversee the delivery of a state-of-the-art construction yard where Naval Group will build the fleet of 12 Future Submarines.

Top End to continue meeting global LNG demand

A proposed offshore gas project in the Top End is gearing up to ensure continued global gas supply for decades to come, while contributing significant income and employment opportunities.

The Barossa offshore gas and light condensate project is proposing to provide a new source of gas to the Darwin LNG facility from 2023, when the existing offshore gas supply from the Bayu-Undan offshore field is expected to be exhausted.

Antarctic history taking shape

As Australia’s new Antarctic Icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, is taking shape in a Romania shipyard, local suppliers back in Hobart are learning about once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be part of Antarctic exploration history.

Environmental tick for Bunbury lithium plant

Albemarle has welcomed a key environmental tick for its Kemerton lithium plant near Bunbury as the US company gears up for the start of site work.

Speaking at a packed WA Works Sundowner in June, Albemarle Kemerton Project Director Edwin Berends hailed the Environmental Protection Authority’s mid-June statement recommending ministerial approval for the lithium plant.

Mapping the mining capability of Central Australia

In the Winter edition of Capability News, we brought you the story of an ambitious capability mapping project in the Northern Territory.

The project, known as the 5 Mines Project has commenced with ICN NT working to inform governments and RTOs what is coming so they can train people accordingly, track interstate investment, do business growth programs and prepare industry to survive the mining sector.

Local suppliers big winners in major transport corridor project

A 78-kilometre non-stop transport corridor through Adelaide is a step closer with the Torrens to Torrens section expected to be finished later this year, and the Darlington Upgrade and Northern Connector due to be completed in 2019.

The North South Corridor will be the major route for north and south bound traffic, including freight vehicles.

Jobs boom in WA mining

The Pilbara’s $9 billion iron ore construction boom is gathering steam with BHP announcing the long-awaited approval for its South Flank mine.

BHP South Flank has been listing potential project packages on the ICN Gateway site since 2017. With the go ahead of the project, the next phase of packages being listed on Gateway will be the sub-contractor packages of the successful main contractors.

Crux project closer to reality

Shell has edged closer to the long-mooted development of its Crux offshore gas project by calling for market interest in providing front-end engineering and design services.

The company proposes building a fixed platform at the field, about 600km north of Broome.

It will eventually be tied in to Shell’s giant Prelude floating LNG facility, which is now in commissioning about 160km away.

ICN Vic welcomes new Executive Director

ICN Victoria’s new Executive Director, Grant Anderson, brings more than 40 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing sectors to his role.

In welcoming Grant to the organisation, ICN Limited Executive Director Derek Lark said the new ICN Victoria boss would be an asset to the network.