11 Sep QAL GEARS UP – GIVING BUSINESSES 600 MILLION REASONS WHY GLADSTONE WILL PROSPER NEXT YEAR
QAL GIVES BUSINESSES 600 MILLION REASONS WHY GLADSTONE WILL PROSPER NEXT YEAR
This week local design and construction businesses gathered to see how they can be a part of a $600 million investment by Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) over the next five to six years.
Earlier this year QAL reported it was embarking on a $260M 5 Year Environmental Improvement Strategy, however, this only makes up about 30 per cent of the total investment to improve the refinery.
Additional major capital expenditure is planned to modernise and improve the efficiency of the 52-year-old plant and improve the safety of its people.
In the peak construction period over the next two years, QAL will double its current contractor workforce, resulting in up to 500 contractors per day.
QAL Acting General Manager, Pine Pienaar, said the key to QAL being able to deliver this investment portfolio safely and on time was by engaging with local businesses and ensuring they are ready to take on the additional workload. “We really want to resource the bulk of this work locally, using local businesses and their people, with the flow-on positive being that it will attract more permanent residents to our region and hopefully fill some empty houses,” he said.
“There are over 165 projects involved across many disciplines; this is a huge workload and a great opportunity for both established businesses and small businesses wanting the opportunity to grow. The sheer amount of work means there will no doubt be some non-local resources sought, however, we are hoping to see a lot of Gladstone businesses collaborate so that we can keep it as locally- supplied as possible.”
Keep an eye on QAL’s website for more information on the projects over the coming months.