Commerce Minister Michael Mischin this week welcomed French representatives of DCNS Group to Western Australia as part of the Federal Government's competitive evaluation process (CEP) for the $20 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project.
The SEA 1000 project is Australia's most expensive defence procurement project to date and will replace the nation's current Collins Class submarines, providing significant ongoing opportunities for local industry.
Mr Mischin said the French visit followed recent trips by Japanese and German organisations to view the State Government-owned Australian Marine Complex - Common User Facility (AMC-CUF) and its capability as a world-class centre for manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, technology, repair and maintenance activities in the marine, defence and resource industries.
"Western Australia has a very experienced marine fabrication and servicing industry which has been built up to service vessels based at HMAS Stirling. There is a high expectation that this capability, supported by State-owned common use infrastructure at the AMC-CUF can and should play an important role in SEA 1000," he said.
"I am delighted that representatives of DCNS have visited WA to understand in more detail the capabilities of our local industry. The Department of Commerce has been working closely with DCNS to present a detailed briefing for WA industry on its proposals to build Australia's new class of submarines, and assist the company with meetings with local industry at Henderson.
"With Western Australia's credentials already established in supporting the current Collins Class submarines, it was pleasing to note that DCNS stressed the very long term nature of not only building, but importantly, sustaining these new submarines through their 20 plus year life, a strong suit already ably demonstrated by WA."
The Minister said the State Government had made prudent and strategic investment in common use infrastructure at the AMC to support the current and future submarines and other naval shipbuilding projects and their through-life support.
"Whilst the final decision on how and where these new submarines will be built is one for the Federal Government, international industry is saying Henderson could be the location for the build as well as the through life sustainment of the SEA 1000 submarines," Mr Mischin said.
The successful contractor will be announced at the end of 2015.
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