Contract for the replacement of batteries and technical support for Collins Class submarines
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, today visited Pacific Marine Batteries Pty Ltd in Adelaide following its success in winning two multi-million dollar contracts from Defence. Following a tour of the company’s facilities, Mr Combet said the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) had entered into two separate agreements with Pacific Marine Batteries for the provision of replacement batteries and technical support of batteries for the Collins Class Submarines.
„The Acquisition Contract is valued at more than $81 million for the provision of five Collins Class Submarine battery sets and will support 56 local jobs over the next six years,“ Mr Combet said.
„The Standing Offer, on the other hand, will provide the DMO with a flexible seven year mechanism to engage Pacific Marine Batteries Pty Ltd at short notice for technical support of the Collins Class Submarine battery sets.
„Pacific Marine Batteries will continue to provide an Environmental Protection Authority approved storage facility for up to four battery sets (two in storage and two being ready for disposal).
„They will also provide equipment capable of conditioning the cells in anticipation of installation in a submarine, as well as providing decommissioning and disposal services at the end of the useful life of each battery set.
„Pacific Marine Batteries Pty Ltd is a small to medium enterprise that supplies components of a strategic capability to Defence.
„This contract reinforces the Government’s commitment to building local industry capability for the defence of Australia, the protection of our sovereign interests and the security and stability of our region,“ Mr Combet said.
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 7620or 0458 276 619
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664