Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Boost for reputation of Australian Marine Complex

    22/11/2006 1:00 PM

    The international standing of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson as Australia’s premier shipbuilding and oil and gas service industry facility has been bolstered by a recent Ministerial mission to Europe.

    A visit to Spain by Science and Innovation Minister Francis Logan and a representative from the Department of Industry and Resources was a major component of the State Government’s ‘Logical Choice’ campaign.

    Logical Choice is pushing for the AMC to have a role in the integration and consolidation of two new Royal Australian Navy amphibious ships.

    Mr Logan said the visit had enabled open and frank discussions with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.

    “We saw first-hand the construction of the Spanish amphibious ship and air warfare destroyers at Navantia’s Ferrol facility and now have a better understanding of exactly what is required to build these vessels, both in terms of infrastructure and facilities,” he said

    “Through our comprehensive and detailed briefing to the senior Navantia personnel, we showcased the substantial capabilities of the AMC’s common user facility and Western Australia’s fabrication industry.

    “I believe that as a result of the visit, Navantia will be looking seriously at our capabilities for these important naval projects and recognise the AMC as a world-class facility backed by competitive, experienced and skilled service providers.

    “The company now has a greater understanding of the wider strategic benefits of WA, particularly as a launching pad to the expanding markets of South-East Asia.”

    The mission’s visit to Norway promoted the AMC to Norwegian oil and gas companies involved in the subsea service industry.

    “We visited Norwegian oil and gas companies to promote our plans to create a subsea cluster at the AMC to service the WA oil and gas industry,” the Minister said.

    “Our oil and gas industry is the biggest in Australia, with substantial under-explored resources. The potential growth off the WA coast provides incredible opportunity for the service industry, particularly a subsea cluster at the AMC.

    “I was particularly pleased to see what investment in fabrication and subsea infrastructure can achieve. I believe there is an opportunity for greater collaboration between Norway and WA, particularly in subsea investment, and I will be undertaking initiatives to progress this as a result of the mission.”

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