AECOM has secured a contract with the US Navy as part of the ongoing redevelopment of RAAF Darwin to accommodate an increased US presence in the Indo-Pacific.
As part of the US$24 million contract, AECOM will be responsible for developing four airfield-rated concrete, paved aircraft parking spots; the relocation of existing fuel isolation valve pits; and the installation of four Type III fuel hydrant pits, expected to be completed in 2019.
The contract will be the first of many to be delivered under the US Force Posture Initiative in Australia, which will see the US and Australia investing more than $1.5 billion into existing defence infrastructure and facilities in the Northern Territory as part of ongoing efforts to support increasing numbers of American military personnel rotating through the region.
Additional works also include the installation of airfield ground lighting, a stormwater collection and treatment system, jet blast deflectors and construction of an asphalt access drive.
Vern Kuehn, AECOM executive vice president and general manager of it's federal construction division, said, "We are honored to continue our partnership with the US Navy, supporting the Force Posture Initiative. This project will provide critical defence infrastructure and expand our federal construction portfolio in the Australian market."
Once completed, the overall investment package as part of the US Force Posture Initiative is estimated to be worth approximately US$6.12 billion over the next 10 years,providing opportunities for sectors including construction, professional services, maintenance and logistics to engage with the transformation of major Australian and US defence infrastructure and assets operating out the NT.
"The win was a collaboration between AECOM construction services federal and Australia-New Zealand divisions. By combining our demonstrated performance in defence construction projects with out Australian industry credibility, we are able to offer a fully integrated and experienced delivery capability that draws on both global and local experience," said Nicole Stoddart, managing director of construction services Australia-New Zealand at AECOM.