CPB to deliver the $193M Point Wilson explosives storage facility

CPB Contractors has been selected by the Australian Government’s Department of Defence to deliver the Point Wilson Waterside Infrastructure Remediation project.

The site establishment and then construction is due to commence early in the new year.

Point Wilson is an explosives storage facility at the western end of Port Philip Bay, Victoria. The property has a 2.4-kilometre jetty used for loading and unloading explosive ordnance.

CIMIC Group has a long history of supporting the Australian Defence Force, providing technically proficient and cost-effective infrastructure solutions through CPB Contractors and end-to-end asset management services through UGL.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP and Senator for Victoria, Sarah Henderson, announced a $193 million contract had been awarded to CPB Contractors Pty Ltd for remediation of waterside infrastructure at Defence’s Explosive Ordnance site.

Minister Price said the wharf and jetty had been closed since 2008 and the remediation works will allow re-commencement of bulk importation of Explosive Ordinance shipments to the Point Wilson Explosive Area.

“The broad scope of the project includes remediation of a 2.4 kilometre-long jetty and reconstruction of the wharf,” Minister Price said.

“CPB Contractors will act as Defence’s Managing Contractor and deliver the works through the engagement of sub-contractors.”

Under the Government’s Defence Policy for Industry Participation, CPB has developed a Local Industry Capability Plan that will maximise opportunities for local involvement.

CPB Contractors Managing Director Juan Santamaria said:

“We are committed to using our experience and technical expertise to deliver long-term value to the Commonwealth and we are proud that CPB Contractors has been confirmed by the Department of Defence to deliver this essential upgrade.”

“CPB Contractors will work closely with the Department of Defence to deliver this project in accordance with strict safety and security requirements.”

“We will leverage more than 20 years’ experience delivering Navy, Army and Air Force infrastructure projects to expertly manage interfaces and ensure works deliver on planned project outcomes.”

Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2022. The structure is at the end of its service life and requires an upgrade to improve the safety of operations and functionality.

The proposed works include:

  • A new wharf and link structure
  • Refurbished jetty piles and new jetty deck
  • Refurbished and new mooring and berthing infrastructure
  • Upgrade and replacement of the support infrastructure involving electrical, communications, hydraulics and fire services.

Due to the isolated location and restricted nature of PWEA, the works will have minimal impact on the local community.

Road towards Point Wilson. Source: Wikipedia

CPB Contractors has experience in delivering some of Australia’s most significant Defence infrastructure projects including the:

RAAF Base Williamtown Redevelopment Stage 2 and HMAS Albatross Redevelopment Stage 3 in New South Wales;

C‐17A Maintenance Facility, Aircraft Apron and Associated Infrastructure project at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland

RAAF Base East Sale Redevelopment Project in Victoria.

Minister of Defence Press

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