18 Nov High purity alumina industrial plant secures land
A $300 million high purity alumina industrial plant is a step closer for Gladstone with Alpha HPA purchasing a 9.2 hectare site in the Queensland Government’s State Development Area.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said supporting more jobs in more industries was an important part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
“Supporting projects like this means more opportunities for secure, high-skilled jobs across Queensland,” the Premier said.
Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the extensive infrastructure and port facilities in the Gladstone Region, an established industrial sector and skilled workforce all helped attract Alpha HPA to Gladstone.
“Gladstone is a world-best location for existing industries with a proven track record of growing successful new industries, like the emerging green energy manufacturing sector,” he said.
“Alpha HPA are joining other global companies who have also recently chosen Gladstone to establish their manufacturing hubs and create local jobs.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Gladstone is fast becoming a world-leading manufacturing hub drawing on the world’s demand for renewable energy to inspire new industry growth.
“Alpha HPA’s project will support around 120 new, regional jobs in a new emerging industry with global demand,” Mr Miles said.
“High purity alumina is used in items such as LED lights, lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, solar battery storage and consumer electronics, and synthetic sapphire which is used in watches and smartphone camera glass.
“These are high-technology items with rising consumer demand, particularly in China and Europe.”
Rimas Kairaitis from Alpha HPA said it’s an exciting time for the Australian Company as it fast tracks construction of its Stage 1, Precursor Production Facility (PPF).
“We’ve operated a Brisbane demonstration plant since July 2019, and we are confident in the demand for high purity alumina,” Mr Kairaitis said.
“Stage 1, which is fully funded, will enable us to commence commercial production from August 2022, tapping into this demand quickly.
“Stage 2, the full scale project, will commence in parallel with Stage 1, and is scheduled to be commercially operating by 2024”.
Other companies also locating to the Gladstone State Development Area include:
- Fortescue Future Industries is set to build a green hydrogen manufacturing facility.
- CleanCo has signed an agreement to join Sumitomo Corporation and its partners on the development of a hydrogen industry.
- Hydrogen Utility (H2U) plans on building the export precinct for their proposed H2-HubTM Gladstone green hydrogen and green ammonia project at Yarwun.
- Queensland generator Stanwell and Japan’s largest hydrogen supplier Iwatani, will commence a $10.4 million feasibility study into the development of a large-scale renewable hydrogen facility in Gladstone.