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KBR leads shipyard design

Beyond helping to build and maintain a sovereign naval shipbuilding workforce, KBR is also leading the design services for the submarine construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.
04 December 2018
The latest modelling of the new Future Submarine shipyard

KBR has more than 60 years experience delivering successful engineering projects throughout Australia.  It employs more than 1,800 staff nationally including 200 in South Australia, to deliver projects for private and public sector clients across defence and buildings, transport, resources, water and environment.


Its naval legacy began in the 1980s, when KBR designed the original Collins-class submarine facility at Osborne and then more recently, the Air Warfare Destroyer shipyard.


KBR is now preparing the concept design for the world class facilities and infrastructure required to support Naval Group Australia to build twelve Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

Source: Naval Group Australia: The Future Submarine.
The Future Submarine (Source: Naval Group Australia)

KBR Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Greg Conlon said a team of KBR and Naval Group Australia engineers undertook design workshops within Australia and France earlier this year to inform the concept design and facilitate knowledge transfer.


“KBR is excited to be providing its expertise to Naval Group Australia for this nationally significant project that will deliver a world-class future submarine facility, a significant component of the infrastructure needed to implement Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” Mr Conlon said.

Original ASC North Submarine Assembly Facility, delivered by KBR in 1985.
Original ASC North Submarine Assembly Facility delivered by KBR in 1985

“KBR has been delivering projects on the Osborne Naval Shipyard site for more than 30 years.


“KBR brings extensive local defence infrastructure engineering and program management experience to this important project”, Mr Conlon said.


KBR is now applying its significant knowledge in project management, implementation and collaboration between stakeholders to help deliver the sovereign workforce that will build and sustain Australia’s Future Fleet.

KBR Naval Shipbuilding Primes Shipbuilding Submarines
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