As part of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan, the WA Government will drive more local manufacturing opportunities, to become more self-sufficient and create a pipeline of Western Australian jobs.
In a first for WA, the State Government will launch a feasibility study into producing wind turbine components locally.
This is the first time a State Government has explored the local supply chain for wind farms.
This initiative builds on the latest $92.4 million package to boost local manufacturing in WA to create a pipeline of local jobs.
Other initiatives include the construction of a new diesel car maintenance facility, a study into the manufacturing of iron ore wagons in WA, facilitate the manufacturing of cathode active materials in lithium-ion batteries, local concrete manufacturing and local waste processing capabilities and grants to local industry to make personal protective equipment.
The feasibility study will look at supply opportunities for wind farms, market trends, local industry participation opportunities including component manufacturing, the potential to generate investment, and make recommendations to the State Government.
The study brief also includes investigating opportunities to create jobs in both metropolitan and regional areas.
To support the initiative, the State Government has formed the Local Industry Participation in Wind Farm Supply Action Group, comprising of BlueScope Distribution, the Australian Steel Institute, the Western Australian Regional Development Alliance, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and some of the State’s largest steel fabricators including Civmec, Austal Ships, Hofmann Engineering, Pacific Industrial Company and Fremantle Steel.
The group is expected to provide advice and recommendations to the State Government on areas such as:
- domestic and international market trends and supply chains issues;
- the scope for development of manufacturing, installation and maintenance opportunities from wind farm towers and associated infrastructure;
- potential barriers, regulatory impediments or capacity and capability issues impacting on the development of the wind farm supply industry in WA, and provide potential solutions as required;
- the form and extent of local capacity and capability essential to meet manufacturing requirements;
- development of investment attraction strategies and/or content targets to strengthen Western Australian industry capability and competitiveness; and
- any appropriate facilitation and collaboration that could be provided by the State Government between local businesses and investors and established suppliers.