Western Australia Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
New International Telecommunications Link For WA
Victor P Taffa
- Private investment into proposed subsea cable linking WA to South East Asia
- Perth and Pilbara set to benefit from improved telecommunications
- Project proponent committed to sourcing State-based suppliers for local construction components
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin welcomed a new $400 Million private sector proposal to establish an international subsea cable that will boost competitive telecommunications connectivity in the State and, in particular, the Pilbara region.
Trident Subsea Cable (Trident) today unveiled its plans in Melbourne as the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group, with the support of the China Development Bank, signed a $320 Million financial commitment with the company towards the project.
Trident has proposed the establishment of an underwater South East Asia link to connect Perth, via Onslow in the Pilbara and Jakarta in Indonesia, to Singapore. The proposal also includes an onshore connection from Perth through to Port Hedland and a subsea cable loop around the North West Shelf.
Mr. Mischin said the State Government recognised the need for increased telecommunications infrastructure, capacity and competition in WA and had engaged with industry to explore a range of options.
“The Government supports any proposal to improve telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in WA’s North-West, as the region is significantly important to the State’s economy and to Australia.” Mr. Mischin said.
“Trident’s project will support the increasing bandwidth and international connectivity needs of the numerous multinational companies now operating out of WA. It will also be beneficial for the State’s planned involvement in global projects, such as the Square Kilometre Array International Telescope.”
The Minister said he was pleased that Trident was intending to use local construction firms and other suppliers for project activities that would be undertaken in WA.
“No doubt this proposal will offer an array of opportunities for State-based businesses in both the development and operational phases, with flow-on benefits for the State as a whole.” Mr. Mischin said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the project supported the vision for economic diversification which was being promoted through the Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities. initiative.
“The Pilbara Development Commission has been working closely with Trident at the local level to help formulate its business case and identify market demand.” Mr. Grylls said.
- Trident Subsea Cable is a specialist international telecommunications infrastructure company supporting WA and South East Asia