Supply the SKA project
Australia will host the low-frequency array, SKA-Low, in remote Western Australia. This multi-year project:
- starts construction in 2022
- is expected to finish construction and start operations in 2029.
Contracts will include work in infrastructure and antenna array deployment, as well as opportunities throughout the 50-year operations phase.
Initial infrastructure includes:
- constructing a temporary accommodation facility
- ground preparation, access roads, an airstrip, and power and fibre networks
- constructing radio frequency interference shielded buildings.
Some work packages are reserved for Australian businesses, in proportion to our contribution to the project. Others will be sourced globally.
Understand the SKAO procurement process
The international SKA Observatory (SKAO) is responsible for procurement during the construction and operation phases.
Depending on the value of the opportunity, the SKAO will invite suppliers to tender or quote. Before you are invited to tender, you will need to respond to a market survey (expression of interest) and pre-qualify.
The SKAO will evaluate offers in 2 ways:
- For relatively straightforward offers for commodity goods or basic services, the SKAO will choose the lowest-priced offer that achieves predetermined technical standards.
- For complex, high-value contracts, particularly significant design elements, services and works, the SKAO will weigh technical requirements and price, and choose the offer with the highest score.
Read more about the procurement process and requirements on the SKAO website.