Can you tell us about KBR’s history within Australia and the size of your current Australian workforce?
Kellogg Brown & Root Australia (KBR) is a leading professional services firm that has been operating in Australia for 60 years. Our origins stem from Adelaide-based Kinhill Engineers, whose founder, Malcolm Kinnaird AC, was a key contributor to Defence’s infrastructure delivery program, including the delivery of the original Collins Class submarine infrastructure.
KBR’s first major project in Australia was the construction of the Tantangara Dam and tunnel for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority in 1958. A number of other major projects followed.
Our registered office remains in Adelaide, highlighting our long history and ongoing commitment to the South Australian market. We have 1500 employees nationally, with 200 personnel in South Australia, delivering projects for both private and public sector clients across the country.
What kind of work will KBR be conducting for Naval Group as part of this contract?
KBR and our Australian subconsultant partners are presently delivering Design Services for the Future Submarine Build, Test and Integration Facilities and Infrastructure Project. The services include Project Management, Design Management, Building Information Modelling (BIM) management, engineering and architectural services, security, planning, environmental, cost planning and a range of specialist consultant services
What have been some other significant projects KBR have worked on in Australia and specifically South Australia?
We have safely and successfully delivered a number of key projects across Australia across Engineering & Construction (E&C) and Government Services (GS) sectors.
Within South Australia, one of our significant legacy projects is the original submarine assembly facility at ASC Osborne North in 1984. Our involvement with the site has continued since with projects over the past decade including the Submarine Maintenance Support Tower to improve the Collins program life-cycle docking productivity, the AWD Shipyard Infrastructure Development in 2010, two outfit support towers, and various refurbishments.
What does it mean for KBR to be working on Australia’s Future Submarine Program?
KBR is excited to be providing our expertise to Naval Group for this nationally significant project that will deliver a world-class future submarine facility, a significant component of the infrastructure enabler of Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
Having designed the original Collins submarine facility in South Australia in the 1980’s and more recently the Air Warfare Destroyer shipyard, this project is an opportunity for us to continue our legacy and commitment to the South Australian market. Further, it represents a chance for KBR to be a key contributor to building Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capacity.
What is the best part of working with Naval Group?
KBR’s decision to team with Naval Group was supported by the open, transparent and collaborative relationship we have with Naval Group’s Executive, Infrastructure and Procurement team. This approach has enabled us to draw together the best professional services from Australian Industry to effectively respond to the Commonwealth’s Future Submarine Program Office requirements. Together, KBR and Naval Group, in collaboration with the Commonwealth and our sub-consultant partners, will leverage our collective expertise and extensive knowledge-base to successfully deliver design services for the Future Submarine Infrastructure Project.