24 Feb Clean energy future for Central Queensland
Central Queensland is another step closer to becoming a renewable energy powerhouse with producer ACCIONA Energía signing the Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation in February.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said four companies – Rio Tinto Australia, Alpha HPA, Orica and ACCIONA – had now signed the Statement of Cooperation to work with the state government to ensure Queensland can benefit from the global shift towards decarbonisation.
“The world is starting to realise the natural advantage Queensland has in renewable energy and manufacturing and that we are ready for renewable investment right now,” Mr Miles said.
“We are working with industry to unlock more opportunities for Queensland to decarbonise and create jobs, starting in Central Queensland.
“The Statement of Cooperation outlines our commitment to making Central Queensland a renewable energy powerhouse.
“We are bringing together key players in the region to leverage our traditional strengths and build a state that will thrive in the global transformations ahead.
“This means more opportunities for the region and more jobs for Queenslanders.”
ACCIONA Energía Managing Director Brett Wickham said Central Queensland was a region of great potential for renewable energy.
“Central Queensland has enormous opportunities for renewable energy to create new jobs in the region and can supercharge the area’s economic growth,” he said.
“The highly skilled workforce already in the area and the designated Renewable Energy Zone make Central Queensland a desirable place to invest and do business.”
In late 2021, ACCIONA Energía signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Queensland’s Stanwell Corporation to supply renewable energy from ACCIONA’s planned Aldoga Solar Farm directly to Stanwell’s proposed hydrogen plant near Aldoga.
The Aldoga Solar Farm will be constructed within the Gladstone State Development Area, 20km outside of Gladstone creating hundreds of jobs during its construction phase.
“Between our MOU with Stanwell Corporation and signing the Statement of Cooperation we have made a strategic long-term commitment to the future of Central Queensland,” said Mr Wickham.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said this was fantastic news for the region.
“Central Queensland has established itself in the renewables space and it’s great to have our region looked at on a global stage as the place to invest,” Mr Butcher said.
“Renewable energy, hydrogen, and green manufacturing are at the core of our $3.34 billion Queensland Jobs Fund, and these partnerships are a direct result of this government’s commitment to job creation and regional development.”
The Statement of Cooperation will secure the future competitiveness of Queensland, adding value to a natural energy advantage to drive employment and economic outcomes for the State by focusing on three areas:
- committing to industry by establishing certainty for current industry and growing demand
- delivering a globally competitive energy solution that is centred around firmed, low-carbon electricity for industry.
- growing the industries of the future in Central Queensland by creating an enabling regulatory environment, strengthening regional skills and employment to lower capital intensity, and planning for the infrastructure to enable industry development.