Design and construction

The site selection and design stage comes after the completion of the technical assessment.  

In this stage:

  • the Government develops its Detailed Business Case with final engineering and other technical designs and costings
  • the Government submits proposals for environmental and radiation regulatory approvals
  • a Facility Management Committee with community representation is established
  • there are ongoing community engagement on benefits measures and capacity building for businesses and employees.

The facility's design will be tailored to the specific environmental and geological characteristics of the chosen location.

The final design must meet stringent requirements and will be influenced by elements of other well-established international facilities.


Construction stage

Construction is expected to take about two years and will generate jobs. It will be consistent with community requirements and will create local business opportunities.

Should the project proceed to the construction stage, contracts for the facility's construction will be completed in line with Commonwealth Procurement Rules and the  Australian Industry Participation (AIP) policies and programmes which encourage full, fair and reasonable opportunity for Australian industry to compete for work in major public and private projects in Australia.

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