Bluescope to meet with DCNS in a fortnight about submarine steel

Bluescope Steel has said it is confident of being picked to supply the steel for Australia’s new submarine fleet, which will be made in Adelaide.

Fairfax reports that the steelmaker will meet with the winning bidder to design the submarines, France’s DCNS, on May 12 regarding the required specifications.

“We’re confident that we can supply it,” an unnamed spokesman for the steel company told Fairfax.

Bluescope provided the high-tensile plate steel to ASC for the current Collins Class submarines between 1990 and 2003. It has previously had meetings with all three of the bidders (French, German and Japanese) for the contract, announced earlier this week.

Arrium’s administrators, the AMWU, AWU and others have publicly supported the idea of co-investment in Arrium to upgrade the company’s Whyalla steelworks to supply the submarine build. It would need considerable investment to upgrade the loss-making facilities for such a project.

Earlier this week the AWU’s Scott McDine encouraged the Australian and state governments and Arrium to make a clear commitment to co-investment for this purpose.

“If upgrades are required to steelworks in Australia then we should know about them now,” he told The Adelaide Advertiser.

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