Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will today welcome a joint Japanese government/industry delegation to Western Australia as part of the Australian Government's Competitive Evaluation Process for the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project.
Mr Mischin said the SEA 1000 project was worth more than $20 billion and was Australia's most expensive defence procurement project to date.
"Western Australia is the location of one of Australia's largest naval bases and our marine servicing industry, which has been built up to service the base, is very strong," he said.
"Replacing the current Collins Class submarines offers significant ongoing opportunities for local industry both in the project's acquisition and through life support phases.
"I am delighted to showcase the State Government-owned Australian Marine Complex - Common User Facility (AMC-CUF) to the Japanese contingent and its capability as a world-class centre for manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, technology, repair and maintenance activities in the marine, defence and resource industries.
"More importantly, I'm excited at the prospects of local industry bidding for work associated with SEA 1000, and feel confident that our companies will be competitive in this field."
The Minister said the State Government had invested in common-use infrastructure at the AMC to support current and future submarines.
"Western Australia plays a critical role in supporting the current Collins Class and we expect to continue to support the future submarines," he said.
The Department of Commerce is a member of the government/industry body established by the Australian Government to maximise Australian industry participation in this program.
The Japanese design for the submarines are part of three international competing designs that also include France and Germany.
The successful contractor will be announced at the end of 2015.
Visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au for more information about the AMC.
Minister's office - 6552 5600