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Australia Accepts 3rd & Final Hobart-Class Air Warfare Destroyer

20 February 2020 Source: Naval News NUSHIP Sydney, the third and last Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), was provisionally accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia on Friday, February 14, 2020. This milestone occurs 13 years after the start of the project. The program has been delivered under an Alliance-based contract arrangement (the AWD Alliance) between the Commonwealth of Australia (represented by the Department of Defence) as owner-participant, and industry partners, ASC and Raytheon Australia, supported by ship designers Navantia. Navantia, as the platform designer, has issued the final AWD Designer certificate, which will be the document that the Alliance gives to the Australian Government as part of the closing process. Commodore Steve Tiffen, Director General of Shipbuilding, praised everyone involved in the AWD Program with the following words: “The NUSHIP Sydney is the most complete, capable and highest quality finishing boat of the Hobart class”. Navantia Australia has been providing support services to ASC Ship Building since December 2015, after winning a contest, as a result of the AWD Reform Strategy of the Australian Government. This Reform Strategy had recommended the urgent incorporation of an experienced management team in ASC to improve the productivity of shipbuilding. Since the appointment of Navantia Australia, the AWD program was removed from the list of “worrying projects” of the Australian National Audit Office, and all three ships were delivered as scheduled in time and cost. Finally, in 2017, Navantia Australia became the Design Authority for the Hobart class with all IPs transferred from Spain to Australia. About Hobart-class Destroyer Sydney NUSHIP Sydney, Air Warfare Destoryer, departs Osborne Shipyards for the first time as it commences its Builder’s Sea Trials. Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance picture by Simon Casson. NUSHIP Sydney is the final of three ships of the Hobart-class guided missile destroyers. Her sister ships will be HMAS Hobart and HMAS Brisbane. The keel of Sydney was laid down on 19 November 2015 and launched on 19 May 2018. The vessel started sea trials in September 2019. Sydney is based on the Navantia designed F100 frigate and is coupled it with the Aegis Combat System. Sydney is being constructed in Australia by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance. Sydney will provide air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft. The Aegis Combat System incorporating the state-of-the-art phased array radar, AN/SPY 1D(V), in combination with the SM-2 missile, will provide an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150km. Sydney will carry a MH-60R helicopter for surveillance and response to support key warfare areas. The surface warfare function will include long range anti-ship missiles and a naval gun capable of firing extended range munitions in support of land forces. Sydney will also conduct undersea warfare and be equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons. These capabilities ensure that the Hobart-class guided missile destroyers have the layered defensive and offensive capability required to counter conventional and asymmetric threats. Hobart-class characteristics Displacement: 7,000 tonnes full load Length: 147.2 metres (483 ft) Beam: 18.6 metres (61 ft) Draught: 5.17 metres (17.0 ft) Speed: 28+ knots Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots Complement: 186 + 16 aircrew

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UGL secures $180M in mining sector contracts

22 January 2020 CIMIC Group company UGL has secured contracts to provide maintenance, shutdown and project services for its clients in the mining sector. These new contracts will generate a combined revenue to UGL of approximately $180 million and be executed over a three-year period, providing mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and access services for maintenance, shutdowns and sustaining capital projects. The contracts will deliver: A three-year contract to provide multi-discipline services for Alcoa across the Wagerup and Pinjarra sites in Western Australia; and Maintenance, shutdown and project services across multiple sites and with multiple clients in the Bowen Basin in Queensland. CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “These contract awards demonstrate UGL’s position as a market leader in the Australian mining industry for the delivery of maintenance and mechanical, electrical and instrumentation access services.” UGL Managing Director Jason Spears said: “We are excited to be leveraging our 30 years of experience in the mining industry to support key organisations in the resources sector. Our strong working partnerships with leading mining organisations support UGL’s reputation for solid performance and safe delivery of maintenance and shutdown services.”

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Acciona grows its Australian presence through the acquisition of the ongoing Lendlease Engineering business

19 December 2019 ACCIONA has entered into an agreement with Lendlease to acquire the ongoing business of Lendlease engineering. The agreement comprises eight key projects: Southern Program Alliance (Victoria). A level crossing removal project. In JV with ACCIONA. Southern Program Alliance AWP1 (Victoria). Additional work. In JV with ACCIONA. Ballarat Line Upgrade (Victoria). Railway upgrade. In JV with ACCIONA. WestConnex 3A (NSW). Two 7.5 km-long twin motorway tunnels. Western Sydney International Airport (NSW). Major bulk earthworks package. Pacific Highway W2B (NSW). Road section upgrade. Galwer Rail (S. Australia). Electrification project. The Northern Road Upgrade (NSW). Road Section upgrade. Under the terms of the agreement, the NorthConnex and Kingsford Smith Drive projects, both in their final stages, and Melbourne Metro will not be included in the perimeter and will remain with Lendlease. The transaction, valued at AU$180 million, includes a substantial fleet of plant and equipment as well as the project-related workforce and Lendlease Engineering's business development teams. The consolidated capability and additional construction pipeline will reinforce ACCIONA's position as a leading Australian constructor and allow it to accelerate the pace of growth of its infrastructure business in a dynamic market worth AU$30 billion a year. Australia is one of ACCIONA's strategic markets for its infrastructure and renewable energy business. The integration of the new projects will result in ACCIONA achieving annual construction revenues in Australia in excess of AU$2 billion in near term, growing towards AU$3.0-3.5 billion in the medium term, anticipating ACCIONA's growth targets for the country. The agreement is expected to become effective in the first half of 2020 subject to regulatory approvals and client and third party consents. The integration reinforces ACCIONA's excellence in engineering and construction in Australia and will complement the company's solid credentials in roads, rail systems, ports, water and energy infrastructure in the country, resulting in a broader range of projects across the country. Bede Noonan, ACCIONA's Managing Director for Infrastructure Australia and New Zealand, will continue to head the business as CEO of the enlarged unit. ' "The agreement will bring together a strong domestic team with truly global experience at a time when demonstrated capability and bench strength to deliver on Australia's significant infrastructure pipeline is at a premium," said Bede Noonan. "The range and scale of projects in this market is growing and companies with strong domestic capability and expertise are needed to meet the challenge." "Our business is wholly reliant on people and we look forward to integrating this highly experienced team. Our shared corporate values will ensure that we remain a company focused on environmental and social sustainability, caring for our people and focusing on our customer needs," he added.

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