KBR has received a design services subcontract (DSSC) for the concept design development of the proposed Future Submarine (SEA1000) construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia.

Once built, the submarine construction yard will be able to accommodate several facilities and infrastructure required to construct a fleet of 12 Future Submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Under the contract awarded by Naval Group, KBR will be responsible for supporting Naval Group in the delivery of the concept design for the Future Submarine construction yard to the Commonwealth of Australia in July this year.

“This programme is not only transforming our navy but changing the lives of Australians by giving them exciting work for decades to come.”

KBR Asia Pacific president Greg Conlon said: “KBR is excited to be providing our expertise to Naval Group for this nationally significant project that will deliver a world-class future submarine facility, a significant component of the infrastructure enabler of Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

“Having designed the original Collins submarine facility in South Australia in the 1980s and more recently the Air Warfare Destroyer shipyard, KBR brings extensive local defence infrastructure engineering and programme management experience to this important project.”

The Australian Navy’s Future Submarine programme is expected to create an average of approximately 2,800 jobs in the country each year, which would include 1,100 direct job opportunities and an additional 1,700 in the supply chain.

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Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “I would like to congratulate KBR on this contract, worth around A$7m ($5.38m), which will employ 100 of their South Australian staff on the concept design of the Future Submarine construction yard.”

“This further demonstrates the massive benefits to the Australian economy of the Turnbull Government’s continuous naval shipbuilding programme.”

“This programme is not only transforming our navy but changing the lives of Australians by giving them exciting work for decades to come.”