HEAVY engineering company Civmec has set its sights on building Australia’s future submarines.
The company has previously shown off its Henderson facilities to three international firms bidding for the Federal Government’s $20 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project, in the hope construction is undertaken in Australia.
Previous comments mean that dream is realistic.
In July, German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems told local suppliers and fabricators its preference is to build Australia’s eight new submarines locally, if it is announced as the successful contractor at the end of 2015.
To aid its cause, Civmec intends to expand its current base with a dedicated submarine-building facility and has appointed former Royal Australian Navy Commodore Mike Deeks to lead a new defence division.
Executive chairman James Fitzgerald said a local build would do wonders for Perth workers.
“This is a massive opportunity, not just for Civmec but for Western Australia,” he said.
“It has the potential to create up to 1000 jobs and bring a major new industry to our State.”