Western Australia’s bid to win part of the $2billion Australian Navy vessel contract has intensified, with Science and Innovation Minister Francis Logan leaving tomorrow to visit major shipbuilding precincts in Spain and Norway.
The visit is a major component of the State Government’s ‘Logical Choice’ campaign, which is pushing for the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson to be the consolidation site for the amphibious vessels.
Two Australian companies, ADI and Tenix, have bid for the naval contract. ADI has teamed with the French designer Armaris, while Tenix is working with Spanish designer Navantia.
“The aim of my trip is to brief Navantia on the full advantages of consolidating the ships at the AMC,” Mr Logan said.
“The AMC is a multi-million dollar complex servicing the defence, marine, resources and petroleum sectors. I will outline the advantages available in WA in terms of the capabilities of the AMC’s common user facility, the readily available infrastructure and our highly skilled labour.
“I will also be encouraging the company to establish an Asia-Pacific office in Perth.”
The Minister said AMC was the logical choice to host the naval project, which would create an estimated 1,500 new jobs.
He said each amphibious vessel would have the ability to transport 1,000 personnel, hold 150 vehicles, feature six helicopter landing spots and house medical facilities, including two operating theatres and a hospital ward.
Unions and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry are supporting the State Government in its campaign for the consolidation to be carried out at the AMC.
“The State and Federal Governments have invested more than $200million in the complex to date,” Mr Logan said.
“The WA Government has committed a further $81.1million to make it the best equipped place to undertake the consolidation of the ships.”
As part of his trip, the Minister will also visit the Aker Kvaerner fabrication yard and FMC Technologies in Norway.
“Aker Kvaerner is a purpose-built fabrication facility for module fabrication and subsea fabrication and testing, with direct similarities to the forward proposals of work to be undertaken at the AMC,” he said.
“FMC Technologies is a leading manufacturer and supplier of subsea production systems. Their expertise and investment will be critical to the planned development of a subsea cluster at the AMC.”
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