Watpac wins contract to build naval guided weapons maintenance facility in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 27 Apr 2020 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Australian construction firm Watpac has secured a contract worth AUD67m ($42.8m) to build the new naval guided weapons maintenance facility at Orchard Hills in Western Sydney.

Under the contract, Watpac will serve as the lead contractor for the project. The firm will work closely with the Department of Defence, project partners as well as the local supply chain to construct the facility.

The new facility, which will directly support the operations of the Australian Defence Force, is expected to enhance the maintenance components for Guided Weapons systems of Navy.

It will also accommodate 30 personnel, receipt and dispatch areas along with a maintenance workshop and test facilities.

Watpac said that it is committed to source 95% of sub-contract work from the local industry which is 50km of Defence Establishment Orchard Hills.

Work on the facility is expected to begin this month and the completion is expected by the end of next year.

Watpac CEO Jean-Pol Bouharmont said: “The award was testament to the company’s extensive experience in defence and part of a long-term strategy.

“We are pleased to be collaborating again with the Department of Defence and partners on this project which will benefit from our multi-decade track record including over 30 successful defence projects worth more than $1 billion.

“Watpac has a strong Australian heritage and commitment to building the nation with public and private sector clients, offering enhanced expertise through global leader BESIX Group.”

Watpac Sector defence head Kelvin Black said: “Local people and businesses of Western Sydney are set to benefit from construction activity and Watpac’s commitment to source 95 per cent of total sub-contract work within 50 kilometres of the site, and trade packages will be shared via the ICN Gateway as they become available.”

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Rendering of the new naval guided weapons maintenance facility in Western Sydney. (Credit: WATPAC LIMITED.)

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