The Duratec Ertech joint venture (JV) between Perth-based companies Duratec and Ertech has secured a $52 million Defence contract to lead an extension and upgrade of the HMAS Stirling Oxley Wharf to service a growing naval fleet.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the Duratec Ertech JV had been appointed head contractor for the project, which will see businesses located within 50km of HMAS Stirling win 93% of all sub-contract packages.
“The Oxley Wharf project is part of a $2.1 billion program to deliver maritime and landside facilities for our new naval assets,” the Minister stated.
“Works at HMAS Stirling will include the design and construction of the 138 metre wharf extension, with a 25 metre wide wharf deck supported by tubular steel piles.
“This project will be a great boost to the local economy. It is a significant win for local businesses and shows the vast array of opportunities stemming from our Government’s investments in shipbuilding in WA.
“There will also be employment opportunities through the supply chain and off-site manufacturing.”
The Duratec Ertech JV has set an Indigenous workforce target of at least 4% and an Indigenous owned enterprise sub-contractor target of at least 4%.
According to Minister Price, designs will be finalised in early 2022, with on-site construction to start soon after.