Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said since the State Government opened the Common User Facility (CUF) at the Australian Maritime Complex in 2003, it had not only provided local companies with an improved ability to compete for major tenders but it had kept jobs in Western Australia that might have gone to overseas facilities.
“Since 2003, the CUF has created $1.4billion in economic activity in WA - a sum that would have gone elsewhere had the facility not been developed,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We created this infrastructure for local companies to win important contracts within our oil and gas sector, mining and marine and defence. The facility has been a great success and is an important source of employment for Perth’s southern region.”
The facility has 50ha of sealed and serviced laydown and assembly area and five load-out wharves - one of which is fitted with a 300 tonne crane - and there is also a big fabrication hall.
It has the world’s most technically advanced floating dock and a 512-wheeled self-propelled Modular Transporter that can transfer up to 4,500 tonnes.
“This range of infrastructure gives industry the ability to expand and diversify operations and compete for big-scale projects without having to expand their own physical boundaries,” the Minister said.
“This represents a significant cost saving which can be reflected in more competitive pricing.”
Currently the major CB & I Kentz Joint Venture services the Gorgon project. The Saipem Leighton Gorgon Consortium is also building 55 concrete caissons for the export jetty at Barrow Island using the CUF to cast and assemble the whole units for transporting north.
While businesses catering to the energy industry account for 60 per cent of users, the CUF also provides capacity for suppliers to a variety of mining, marine and defence projects including the maintenance and repair of naval frigates and submarines.
“These are examples of the types of businesses that operate at the CUF, reflecting the diverse benefits to the people of WA through the economic stimulus and jobs,” Mr O’Brien said.
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