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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Floating dock bolsters opportunities

The Commerce Minister Troy Buswell says a new floating dock in Henderson, south of Perth, will lead to opportunities for the mining and defence sectors.

The floating dock in Henderson will be used for work connected to the Gorgon gas project and submarines (Australian marine complex)

The dock at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson cost $60 million and can lift boats weighing up to 12,000 tonnes out of the water.

Mr Buswell says the dock will be used for work connected to the Gorgon Gas project.

The Royal Australian Navy will also need the dock for the Collins Class submarine fleet.

"This is a world class floating dock, one of the most advanced floating docks in the world and this is the sort of infrastructure that will position defence industries in WA at the leading edge," he said.

"What we now have to do is put in place the strategies to leverage off this type of infrastructure."