Contract win spurs Pacific Industrial Company 

Buoyed by a number of contract wins, private construction firm Pacific Industrial Company’s (PIC) workforce is expanding at its Naval Base facility. PIC was founded?in 1969 by Erasmo Mosole and remains proudly family owned, with Mr Mosole’s two sons Marco and Sandro continuing the company’s success. 

PIC is involved in all aspects of construction and steel fabrication, with a commitment to offsite fabrication and modularisation. This is led from the company’s facilities at Naval Base, which provide an extensive ability to pre- fabricate all aspects of the construction process, reducing onsite labour, maximising productivity and minimising safety issues. 

PIC’s facilities at Naval Base include three major workshops with a floor area totalling 35,000sqm and 37 overhead travelling cranes with up to 80 tonnes capacity. 

PIC has contributed to a number of significant projects in WA, including the Tropicana gold mine, the soon- to-be- completed Perth Stadium rail station and the well-known Brookfield Place office complex – the second tallest building in WA – with major tenant BHP. 

PIC has recently been awarded separate contracts at Tianqi Lithium Australia’s lithium hydroxide processing plant, which will produce lithium hydroxide from spodumene mined at Talison Lithium’s Greenbushes mine, by the project’s head contractor MSP Engineering. 

In support of PIC’s commitment to offsite fabrication, these contracts include the supply and fabrication of carbon steel tanks, the principal structural steel package and the key structural, mechanical and piping contract consisting of the onsite assembly of structural steel and the installation of mechanical equipment and piping for the Kwinana-based project. 

These contracts, alongside other recent business won in the resources and commercial sectors, mean big things for PIC. 

“Our workforce will expand,” PIC Business Development Manager Adam Cornelius said. “Workers including boilermakers, welders, riggers and apprentices will be needed. Not all of those will be in the workshop, but it’s a real transformation compared to the number of employees we had.” 

Tianqi’s plant represents the first mover of its scale in the state’s lithium processing industry, but Mr Cornelius said there was potentially plenty more work to come for WA-based contractors as more lithium players developed their projects and plans. 

“The plant Tianqi is building at Kwinana is taking the feed from Greenbushes, so other lithium miners will need?to determine what they do with their ore; do they ship?it or process it domestically? Will there be more lithium processing plants required in WA in the future?” 

Mr Cornelius was full of praise for Tianqi, which has committed to sourcing local trades and materials for the construction of the plant where possible. 

“It’s not just good for us – Tianqi is looking at employing local people, and once the plant is built they are going to have a workforce here in Kwinana,” he said. 

“For an offshore investor to predominantly use Australian manufacturing has just been wonderful.” 

The first stage of Tianqi’s lithium hydroxide processing plant is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2018. The company is exploring options to double its output capacity to capitalise on market demand. 

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