Forgacs opens up on defence opportunities

19 May, 2017

Shipbuilding opportunities are on the agenda as Forgacs prepares for a wave of work. 

It recently started construction on an $80m manufacturing and maintenance shed at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson.

Forgacs Managing Director Mike Deeks will provide details of opportunities at the marine and defence facility at Henderson will bring for WA businesses at the Forgacs WA Works Sundowner on May 31.   

The shed, which is expected to be completed by 2019, is central to parent company Civmec’s plan to capture a piece of the Federal Government’s $90 billion naval refurbishment program.

The 18-storey high structure will become Australia’s largest undercover shipbuilding facility.

With an expected floor area of 53,470 square metres, the factory will be a huge addition to the Australian Marine Complex and is designed to be the most efficient in the world.

It will be big enough to house warfare frigates as well as patrol vessels.

Civmec, in partnership with Holland’s Damen and Australia’s ASC, is bidding for the Federal Government’s $3-4bn Offshore Patrol Vessel contract, which is due to be awarded by September.

Civmec is competing with Henderson competitor Austal, which is teamed with Germany’s Fassmer on the OPV bid.

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