Concept Design Partners announced for South Australia’s new Submarine Construction Yard

4 June 2024

The Australian Government continues to progress Australia’s conventionally-armed, nuclear-powered submarines, announcing the concept design partners for South Australia’s new Submarine Construction Yard (SCY). 

Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) and an AECOM and Aurecon Joint Venture (Joint Venture) have been announced as the design partners for South Australia’s new SCY at Osborne.

KBR has extensive experience in supporting design and project management for land, air and sea defence infrastructure facilities across the nation and will design the area of the SCY planned for steel processing and fabrication facilities.

The AECOM and Aurecon Joint Venture will deliver the concept design for the rest of the site which will support outfitting, consolidation and commissioning of Australia’s conventionally-armed, nuclear-powered submarines.

The design teams collectively bring together nuclear infrastructure specialists and experienced personnel from previous shipyard infrastructure projects at Osborne, Henderson and in AUKUS partner nations.

This announcement follows the March announcement of Australia’s sovereign submarine build and sustainment partners and continues to demonstrate progress towards building SSN-AUKUS submarines in Adelaide.

Deputy Prime Minister, Richard Marles said this project will create thousands of local jobs and help to deliver the most critical defence capability acquisition in our nation’s history.

“At its peak, up to 4,000 workers will be employed to design and build the infrastructure for the Submarine Construction Yard in Osborne while a further 4,000-5,500 direct jobs are expected to be created to build the nuclear-powered submarines in South Australia.”

The SCY development will be in excess of 75 hectares and will be built to the highest security and safety standards. 

The project alone is set to create up to 4,000 direct jobs at the peak of construction, with a further 4,000-5,500 direct jobs expected to build Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines in South Australia.

Preliminary enabling works required to support the future construction of the SCY at Osborne commenced in December 2023 with site mobilisations and early works for a new carpark. 

Constructing the infrastructure at the SCY will rely on highly-skilled Australian engineering and design consultants, project controls specialists, project managers, tradespeople and construction workers.

In partnership with the South Australian Government, the Albanese Government is also designing and building the new Skills and Training Academy at Osborne to educate and train the elite naval shipbuilding workforce.

Minister for Defence Industry, Pat Conroy said the SCY at Osborne will provide highly skilled jobs for decades to come, providing financial security for thousands of hardworking Australians.                                                                                                                                     

“This project will ensure Australia will be at the forefront of manufacturing the most advanced submarines in the world, and is another example of the Albanese Government getting on with the job of delivering AUKUS.”

This announcement is part of the Australian Government’s $53-63 billion investment in this program over the next decade, including an estimated $2 billion investment in South Australian infrastructure in just the next few years.

This is another important milestone to ensure the construction of Australia’s first SSN-AUKUS will start by the end of this decade.