Newcastle-based Forgacs secures another two Air Warfare Destroyer hull blocks

19 August 2011

Newcastle ship builder Forgacs will construct another two hull blocks for the AWD Alliance in its role as a contractor for the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) ship project, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner announced on 19 August.

The extra two AWD hull blocks will be constructed at the Newcastle Shipyard in Fitzroy Street where Forgacs has a 10 year lease.

Forgacs is now responsible for the construction of 40 hull blocks to be built for the three AWD vessels.

The company is also well-positioned to assist in any further requirements the AWD Alliance for additional block construction work.

Mr Stoner said: "Forgacs' capability to provide a growing role in the AWD project is excellent news for Newcastle, as well as NSW's shipbuilding and defence industry.

"Forgacs is a home-grown company that is playing an important and collaborative role in one of the largest Defence projects ever undertaken in Australia."

The NSW Government is providing assistance to help Forgacs target AWD work and will be supporting infrastructure upgrades at the Newcastle Defence Shipyard.

Forgacs is currently undertaking its AWD block work on its nearby site at Tomago which is now at capacity, so the additional blocks will be constructed at the Newcastle Defence Shipyard. This is the former ADI site owned by the Newcastle Port Corporation.

In order to manufacture and assemble the AWD blocks at the Newcastle Defence Shipyard an upgrade of the facilities is required.

The NSW Government is providing assistance to help fund this infrastructure upgrade which will include wharf and ship lift refurbishment.

"As the upgrading of this infrastructure will be on NSW Government land, this investment will provide a legacy to support Newcastle's ongoing role as a marine industry hub for defence projects," Mr Stoner said.

The Member for Newcastle Tim Owen said Forgacs' capacity to construct 40 AWD hull blocks reinforced confidence in the Hunter region's capacity to deliver on big projects in ship building and repair.

"It also reflects on the depth of skills present in the region to carry out complex work," Mr Owen said.

"Winning extra defence work will provide new jobs and skilling opportunities in Newcastle, which is all great news for the local economy. Congratulations to the whole Forgacs team."