Defence Base Fishermans Bend, Fuel Installation, Compliance Upgrades

Location: Melbourne VIC

Division: Energy

End User: Department of Defence

Client: Department of Defence

Project manager: Addam Wells

Contract value: $2.5m

Year completed: 2015


Fuel installation upgrade works (NAT-0466) for the Defence Science and Technology Organisation

OPEC scope:

OPEC was engaged to design, supply, install and commission the upgrade works comprising of civil works, structural works, mechanical installations, electrical control systems, lightning protection infrastructure and earthing systems.


Geotechnical report indicated changed ground conditions to tender specifications. OPEC redesigned the structures with increased footings.

Non-compliant lightning protection found on site. OPEC replaced existing non-compliant systems with new compliant infrastructure. Changed functionality requirements of control systems. OPEC re-designed the PLC protocols to meet client requirement and code compliance.


Innovative design of the lighting to reduce civil construction. Redesign of the platform system to allow access of all 9 tanks from one access location for maintenance and inspection dipping.