By Andrew Hobbs

SUBSEA Energy Australia has named Civmec Construction and Engineering as the Company of the Year in its 2015 business awards, recognition the company says is a symbol of its rapid growth.

Civmec chief executive Pat Tallon told Oil & Gas Australia that the award was evidence of the company’s focus in developing the subsea component of its business.

“In the past five years and in particular the last 12 months, we’ve transitioned from providing basic fabrication and concrete components to now delivering to the highest specification and quality required by our subsea clients,” he said.

“This now forms the basis for the level of quality we demand across our entire business.”

The company had had the privilege of working on some major projects, he told attendees at the awards evening, held on 19 June.

“We are very proud that we have advanced the business and we are very focused on the high level of quality that the people in this room require,” he said.

Today, that extends to production of subsea manifolds, plets and plems, suction piles, jumper spools and piping – with the company having now developed a dedicated fabrication facility at Henderson.

The 1,200 square metre facility, completely segregated from the main fabrication facility to eliminate contamination risks and boasting two 20 tonne overhead gantry cranes, enabled the company to be more productive, Mr Tallon said.

Civmec was proud to be working alongside many of its clients in Australia, citing higher quality levels and its Henderson location as strengths of the strategy.

“The main challenge we face is ensuring our production costs are competitive with overseas. We do this by fostering innovation and looking at ways to improve our productivity,” he said.

The offshore market would provide long-term opportunities for the business, he added.

“The need for continued drilling in fields associated with the Gorgon, Wheatstone, Ichthys and Prelude projects will provide ongoing opportunities, specifically in the fabrication of subsea infrastructure.”

Other award winners were Tracerco, which won the Industry Innovation and Technology Award for the Discovery inspection tool, which allows for the non-intrusive inspection of complex subsea pipelines or flowlines without any impact on production.

The Discovery can distinguish between hydrate and wax build-up and will also give data on weaknesses and wall thinning of flowlines.

In pipe-in-pipe applications, it can also detect water ingress between pipes, allowing both the inner and outer pipeline in a pipe-in-pipe system to be inspected from the outside.

Woodside vice president of Technology Sean Salter was awarded with a Special Recognition Award for his contribution to Subsea Energy Australia and the subsea industry in general.

Technip Oceania was awarded the Safety Leadership Award for its company-wide Pulse program, while the Emerging Talent Award was awarded to DOF Subsea’s Adam Middlecoat, with judges commending his technical and commercial competencies.