The United States Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific announced AECOM Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract to construct a parking apron at RAAF Base Darwin.

The First Assistant Secretary Infrastructure in the Department of Defence, Mr Chris Birrer, said the contract announcement, worth up to US $24 million, is the first of many that will be delivered under the Force Posture Initiatives in Australia.

“In addition to construction contracts, there will be opportunities in sub-contracting, maintenance and supply arrangements that will benefit local suppliers over the next decade,” Mr Birrer said.

To support the growing Initiatives, Australia and the United States will be investing around $2 billion (AUD) into existing Defence infrastructure and facilities in the Northern Territory. This is part of an overall Defence investment package estimated to be around $8 billion (AUD) over the next 10 years.

Construction projects to support the growing US Force Posture Initiatives will be undertaken over the next 10 years, providing opportunities for many sectors including construction, professional services, maintenance and logistics.

Infrastructure and facilities development under the Force Posture Initiatives will be concentrated at Robertson Barracks, RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal as well as training areas and ranges in the Northern Territory.

Throughout 2018, Defence will work with the United States, state and local Governments and industry networks to unlock further opportunities to share and learn lessons and support Australian Industry to mature and grow business capability.

Work on the apron is expected to be completed by October 2019.

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