UK Contractor Laing O’Rourke has been awarded two construction contracts by the Australian Defence Force worth a combined $495 million.
The two projects will involve upgrades to the Northern Territories Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin.
The first contract, worth $223 million, will upgrade the Larrakeyah Defence Base’s infrastructure, supporting growth at the base for the next 25 years.
The second contract, worth $272 million, involves the construction of new facilities to support naval operations. Laing O’Rourke will deliver a new outer wharf which will be used by the Royal Australian Navy’s ships and submarines.
Defence Minister Marise Payne has spoken about these major defence contracts.
“The project will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) capacity to conduct operations and exercises in the north of Australia, while providing fuel storage and refuelling capabilities to meet current and projected demands.”
“This investment in defence facilities will enhance support to ADF operations and maximise opportunities for local industry.”
Both projects will take an expected 5 years, with construction beginning in late-2018 and a scheduled finish date of 2023.
Laing O’Rourke will be required to maximise opportunities for small and medium business under the projects local industry capability plan.
This is Laing O’Rourke’s most recent major deal won in Australia, in March they were awarded a $955 million contract Sydney Metro Contract to build platforms at Central and Central Walk.