SERVICES and Engineering company AME Offshore Solutions is planning a $20 million expansion of its base in the Australian Marine Complex (AMC), in the Perth suburb of Henderson.

AME Offshore recently signed an option to lease for more than 47,000 square metres of prime waterfront land next to its new supply base.

The land lease combines with the former Austal service base, which AME purchased in December 2013, to create a 94,000 square metre integrated engineering and logistics centre to support oil and gas projects.

AME Offshore is planning a range of upgrades on the leasehold land including improvements to existing jetties to handle 400 tonne mobile cranes and construction of a 15,000 square metre inspection, maintenance and repair facility, as well as expanded hardstand areas.

Company managing director Saul Wende said the lease would allow AME Offshore to implement planned upgrades across the two sites.

“Having AME’s new freehold and leasehold sites side by side is a great result for us,” he said.

“AME Offshore can now provide full support services to owners and operators of fixed, floating and subsea assets from the one integrated site with dedicated ocean front access.”

Mr Wende said increasing demand for subsea and offshore maintenance services, expected as several major oil and gas projects move from the construction to the production phase, required large-scale facilities that could handle multiple clients and projects at one time.

“We have positioned ourselves to take advantage of a significant upswing in operations activity in the offshore oil and gas sector and this strategic AMC location is ideal for the needs of our clients.”

The site’s location also offers direct access to the AMC Common User Facility’s 16,000 tonne ship lift and self-propelled modular transporters for dry docking large vessels and oil and gas facilities.

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the leasehold land added significantly to AME Offshore’s service offering while retaining the strategically important waterfront area in government ownership for the long-term benefit of the community.

“We were excited to work with AME Offshore to secure this leasehold for them next to their existing facility,” he said.

“It benefits AME Offshore and adds significantly to Western Australia’s ability to ensure major supply and maintenance contracts to the oil and gas industry are delivered from the Australian Marine Complex.”

Department of Commerce general manager John O’Hare said the AME Offshore’s expansion at the AMC was a major step forward for the integrated industrial complex.

“The AMC’s success over the past 10 years has seen the facility deliver $1.75 billion in economic value and almost 30,000 local jobs across the marine, defence, oil and gas and mining sectors. AME Offshore’s strategic waterfront position within the AMC will help us continue to deliver value-added services to industry for many years to come,” he said.