The Australian Government has given approval for the country’s Defence Fuel Transformation Program, valued at $1.1bn, over the next 30 years.
The programme has been designed by the government to provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a safer, simpler and a more assured defence fuel network.
Australian Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said: “The programme will make targeted investments in the defence fuel network to seize immediate opportunities to improve flexibility and increase the level of industry collaboration.
“The Defence Fuel Transformation Program will ultimately reduce network risk, improve the ability of the fuel network to deal with disruption, and reduce the cost of ownership to defence.”
Under the programme, the Australian defence will award contracts for the provision of fuel, in addition to operations and maintenance of defence fuel facilities at selected locations across the nation.
Pyne added: “The Defence Fuel Transformation Program will provide significant opportunities for regional businesses, delivering on the Government’s commitment to growing Australian industry and securing jobs.”
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Valued at $127m, the first tranche of the programme will be provided over a period of three years and will focus on workplace, health, safety and environment risk reduction and compliance activities.
The programme will be implemented through six pillars, including risk reduction, industry collaboration, optimised footprint, clear requirements, technology-enabled network, culture of ownership and accountability.