Premier Colin Barnett said he expected Western Australian contractors to benefit from the Australian Government's announcement today that French company DCNS had been selected as the preferred partner to design 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
"Although the bulk of the submarine build will occur in Adelaide from 2025, the Future Submarine project is viewed by the Australian Government as a national endeavour and I would expect the proven capabilities of the State's naval shipbuilding sector will be called upon," Mr Barnett said.
"WA has significant capability to build components for the submarines and to maintain them. The State's capability, particularly in heavy steel works, is well recognised and will no doubt contribute heavily to the submarine project.
"For example, this State has the unique capability to roll and form submarine hull sections which currently no other State can do."
The Premier said WA was regarded as a key part of the naval ship build in the short and medium term with the Pacific Patrol Vessels and the Offshore Patrol Vessels set to be built at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson.
The State Government would also continue its work with DCNS to ensure local capability for work opportunities for the submarines, including maintenance and upgrades, is optimised.
As part of its Future Submarine industry engagement, the Department of Commerce is co-hosting an Innovation Seminar day with DCNS on May 24 in Fremantle to discuss the technology transfer opportunities for local industry. The Minister for Commerce will be opening the event and highlighting Western Australian expertise.
WA is the location of the nation's largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, which houses 12 fleet units including five of the eight Anzac frigates, and the six Collins submarines.
The Western Australian industry is already undertaking much of the work associated with the repair, maintenance and sustainment of these vessels.
In 2013-14 alone, defence contracts managed at the Australian Marine Complex totalled an estimated $624 million, creating up to 3,000 jobs
WA is home to about 180 companies with direct defence contracts of which the majority are small to medium enterprises
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