The Federal Government has released Expressions of Interest for the supply and installation of 18 major items of equipment for the Submarine construction yard at Osborne Naval Shipyard, where Australia’s 12 regionally superior Attack class submarines will be built.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the move marks another step in the development of Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding capability which will create thousands of jobs over the coming years.
“Naval Group has released Expressions of Interest on the Commonwealth’s Industry Capability Network website for the supply of eighteen pieces of equipment to be installed within the yard,” Minister Pyne stated.
“This includes pipe bending, milling, boring, shearing and guillotining machines, as well as automated storage systems which will be installed by Naval Group on completion of the procurement process.”
Minister for Defence Industry, Linda Reynolds, said these Expressions of Interest will soon be followed by another Expression of Interest for an engineering company to project manage the detailed design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the Platform Land Based Test Facility to be constructed within the yard.
“The Platform Land Based Test Facility is critical for testing the main propulsion systems, prior to the first submarine being built,” the Minister explained.
“These Expressions of Interest mark another step in the development of Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding capability which will create thousands of jobs over the coming years.”