Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) will oversee the delivery of a state-of-the-art construction yard where thte fleet of 12 Future Submarines will be built.
“This is an important step towards the development of the yard and we are on schedule to turn the first sod later this year,” said Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.
Phase 1 works will focus on site establishment, earth works and piling for the new facilities. Due to the scale and complexity of the works required, the yard will be developed in a staged approach.
Minister Pyne said, "Development of the yard will deliver more opportunities for Australian industry to get involved in the Future Submarine Program, we want as many local companies as possible to be involved in the yard's construction."
The Osborne South project will employ up to 600 people and will be where the Future Frigates are constructed. On top of yard construction jobs, the $50 billion Future Submarine Program is expected to generate an annual average of 2,800 jobs.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said that the government was already investing $535 million in the Osborne South shipyard redevelopment.
"This next step in redeveloping the Osborne North naval shipyard will ensure we also have a world-class submarine manufacturing precinct in Australia," he said.
The new infrastructure will support the continuous build programs for warships. Infrastructure development at the Osborne Naval Shipyard will modernise ship construction systems and processes in Australia to improve shipyard productivity and reduce the cost of Australian build programs.
In March 2017, the government established ANI, which will facilitate the development and construction of new infrastructure at the Osborne shipbuilding facility as outlined in the Naval Shipbuilding Plan released on 16 May 2017.
ANI is a nation-building commitment by the government of Australia and sees the establishment of state-of-the-art infrastructure for the domestic manufacture of world-class naval vessels.