Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne turned the first sod of dirt at the site of the Osborne South naval shipyard where the Future Frigates will be built.
The minister said the unveiling of the design for this $535 million project is an exciting insight into the future of Osborne’s shipyards, which is a result of the government’s $89 billion investment in Australia's future shipbuilding industry.
The government has also finalised the purchase of the initial tranche of state-owned land and facilities, and has also received state planning consent for construction of the new shipbuilding infrastructure.
The facility at Osborne in Adelaide was purchased from the SA government for $230 million in May this year.
The federal government will now fully own and operate the facility and will play an important part in getting the infrastructure up and ready to cut steel on the Offshore Patrol Vessels next year.
The board members of the Australian Naval Infrastructure Board were also announced and include:
- Lucio Di Bartolomeo, appointed as chair of ANI, brings extensive experience in infrastructure, engineering and defence with strong skills in project and contract delivery;
- Peter Iancov and Jeremy Schultz, appointed as directors, are former members of the ASC Pty Ltd board. Mr Iancov has considerable experience in heavy industrial and engineering projects, while Mr Schultz is a partner at Finlaysons, specialising in corporate law;
- Janice van Reyk, appointed as a director, is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant and is experienced in infrastructure delivery, utilities and capital intensive and regulated industries; and
- Jim Whalley, appointed as a director, is a co-founder of Nova, a firm specialising in the provision of engineering and management services and a former air force pilot.
The ANI board is now undertaking a commercial process to select the shipyard builder, with a decision to be announced in the coming months.