Construction firm Watpac has secured a $67 million contract to build the new naval guided weapons maintenance facility at Orchard Hills in Western Sydney.
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Serving as lead contractor for the project, Watpac plans to work closely with the Department of Defence as well as project partners. When finished, the base will accommodate 30 personnel, dispatch areas, as well as a maintenance workshop and test facilities.
“The award was testament to the company’s extensive experience in Defence and part of a long-term strategy,” said Watpac CEO Jean-Pol Bouharmont.
“We are pleased to be collaborating again with the Department of Defence and partners on this project, which will benefit from our multidecade track record, including over 30 successful Defence projects worth more than $1 billion.”
“Watpac has a strong Australian heritage and commitment to building the nation with public and private sector clients, offering enhanced expertise through global leader BESIX Group.”
Watpac also said that it is committed to source 95 per cent of sub-contract work from the local industry which is 50 kilometres of Defence Establishment Orchard Hills.
Watpac defence sector head Kelvin Black said, “Local people and businesses of Western Sydney are set to benefit from construction activity and Watpac’s commitment to source 95 per cent of total sub-contract work within 50 kilometres of the site, and trade packages will be shared via the ICN Gateway as they become available.”