Europeans in Adelaide to lobby for submarine project

Representatives from the German and French companies bidding to build Australia’s next generation submarines are in Adelaide to visit its ship building facilities.

The ABC reports that French ship builder DCNS Group will also hold a public forum at the Adelaide Convention Centre tonight to outline the effect its bid would have on local jobs if it were to win.

DCNS chief executive Shaun Costello told ABC Radio it would create 2,900 direct jobs in Adelaide as well as more jobs down the supply chain.

"We will need to train people in Adelaide. We will need to engage with the supply chain. We will need to spend a lot of company money and take a lot of French and Australian people forward with us," Costello said.

In addition, a delegation from German ship builder TKMS will tour the shipyards at Osborne this morning.

Apart from the French and German, the Japanese are also bidding to build the submarines.

The Guardian reports that Japan, like the German and French bidders, has confirmed that it is prepared to build the submarines completely in Australia. This is the first time such a statement has been made by the Japanese.

Each bidder will submit three proposals as part of its bid – an overseas build, a full build in Australia, and a hybrid of here and overseas.

According to AAP, Acting Defence Industries Minister Kyam Maher commented, "South Australia is fully engaged with Germany, France and Japan, the three potential partners in the submarine program, and with international shipbuilders interested in partnering in the frigate program."

"We are taking every opportunity to promote South Australia's naval shipbuilding credentials, which are underpinned by world-class infrastructure, a skilled workforce and a strong industry and research base."