Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct

Manufacturing The Hunter

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Here in Gladstone, we’ve always made things.

Gladstone is a town with manufacturing at its heart. We have a long history as an industrial powerhouse, based on the export of coal, aluminium and alumina, sulfuric acid, and meat products, enabled by a world-class, deep water port. In recent years Gladstone has diversified to become one of the largest LNG export ports.

Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts: Economic Analysis

Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts in Gladstone, Queensland and the Hunter Valley, New South Wales will add a windfall of $13 billion to the economy and 45,000 ongoing jobs by 2032.

Read the key findings of new research released by leading economic analysts ACIL Allen, commissioned by Beyond Zero Emissions and WWF-Australia.

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Gladstone is protecting its industrial heritage by diversifying its energy supply, drawing from abundant wind and solar resources in the Central Queensland region. In fact, the region is playing a starring role in Australia’s ambition to become a renewable energy superpower.

Why Gladstone?

Gladstone offers several advantages as a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct:

  • excellent infrastructure, including world class port facilities
  • available land for development, zoned industrial
  • a skilled, technically capable, workforce suited for manufacturing and resource processing
  • diverse and established industry
  • innovating teaching and skills training infrastructure
  • strong local and state government support for development and transition
  • excellent educational institutions including CQU campus
  • large industry load centre in close proximity to the new Renewable Energy Zones

Industrial track record

Gladstone is home to a range of heavy industries and large energy users including Queensland Alumina and Yarwun Alumina (which combined make it the world’s largest alumina production port), Boyne aluminium smelter and the 3 LNG liquefaction plants on Curtis island. The aging coal-fired power station Gladstone Power Station sits in the heart of the city.

As well as the aluminium smelter, alumina refineries and the LNG plants, small and medium enterprises have been drawn to Gladstone’s industrial strengths, including cement and chemical manufacturing.

Gladstone’s skilled and nimble workforce are experienced in meeting the exacting high quality and safety standards required in constructing and operating large scale industrial plants.

Inventive companies

Gladstone is now at a crossroads. Diversifying the region’s energy mix is vital to the sustainability of its industries and creating enduring jobs for locals. While the pace of that energy transition is increasing, to maintain its competitiveness Gladstone must now complete those energy reforms.

The good news is many companies in Gladstone are already innovating:

For example, ASX-listed company Alpha HPA is developing a new high purity aluminium manufacturing plant which will supply products to the clean energy and mobility sector globally. They have committed to use sustainable electricity in the plant.

These plans are supported by the development of large new renewable energy projects in the wider Central Queensland region, including by Acciona, Central Queensland Power, Rodds Bay Solar Farm, Neoen, Epuron and Genex. The scale of the development in this region and across Queensland creates real opportunities to develop local supply chains and new manufacturing plants and businesses that service the renewable energy sector rather than purchasing supplies from overseas.

Renewable energy supply

Gladstone is adjacent to the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone (which includes the Fitzroy and Banana Renewable Energy Zones) identified by the Queensland Government. The Gladstone State Development Area has identified a range of development-ready sites in locations with access to established infrastructure. These are particularly well suited for manufacturing and heavy industry uses.

Low-cost, reliable energy for the Gladstone Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct can be provided from the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone, which includes 2 GW of clean energy generation (including energy storage) from sites marked for new supply in the Central Queensland Power project, Rodds Bay Solar Farm (under development) and other projects.

The proposed Gladstone Grid Reinforcement (AEMO ISP) will help ensure reliable power supply. Beyond Zero Emissions is encouraging renewable energy developers and utilities to support the development of renewable energy industrial precincts by offering low-cost renewable energy supply to users within the precincts.

Innovative research

CQUniversity in Gladstone offers a range of TAFE and higher education courses, as well as innovative research endeavours, and has strong ties to industry. This includes applied research expertise in hydrogen, microgrids and the implementation and optimisation of energy systems.

Industrial potential

Alumina refining at Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) and Yarwun Alumina Refinery have the potential to be powered by green hydrogen, with a consistent low price for firmed, reliable renewable energy providing long term cost savings for the Boyne smelter.

The Port of Gladstone, Cement Australia and the Orica Australia chemical processing complex are other flagship industries in Gladstone with potential to benefit from increased access to affordable, renewable energy including electricity and green hydrogen.

Construction of the Alpha HPA high purity aluminium complex is scheduled to commence in 2022. There are at least six different green hydrogen and green chemical projects proposed for Gladstone with the most recent announcement being Sumitomo Corporation’s appointment of JGC for the FEED contract for the first phase of their project.

With gigawatts of new clean energy projects projected to be needed to support Gladstone’s existing heavy industry operations, significant opportunities also exist for the development of new supply chain industries in and around Gladstone, including battery component manufacture and steel wind tower fabrication, creating further new opportunities for economic diversification and job creation.

Who’s on board

Some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative manufacturing and technology companies have already given support for Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts.

REVYRE is excited to be included in the Gladstone and Hunter Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts as a world class tyre derived polymer processing facility. Inclusion in the Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts aligns with our zero-waste, zero-emissions, zero-byproducts business model.

Luke Panchal - REVYRE

Expression of interest

The Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct is critical to showing how sustainable zero emission manufacturing can be achieved when supported by economies of scale via such a precinct. Alpha HPA are pleased to support the Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct in Gladstone.

Rob Williamson - Alpha HPA

Statement of Support

Epuron supports the development of Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts for the support they offer to developing innovative technologies and competitive advantage to manufacturing in the global zero-emissions markets.

Julian Kasby - Epuron

Statement of Support

Ampcontrol is at the forefront of a lot of innovative engineering. We are already working extensively in the renewable energy sector and support a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct here in Gladstone.

Rod Henderson - Ampcontrol

Statement of Support

Sunshine Hydro’s vision for Gladstone aligns with the region's strategic priorities including environment, community, jobs creation, protection and training. We see our 100% renewable superhybrid projects providing, firm green energy, green hydrogen and peaking power as an important part of the energy mix for a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct in Gladstone.

Michael Myer - Chairman, Sunshine Hydro

Expression of Interest

Smart Energy Council supports the development of Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts because they provide excellent opportunities for heavy industry and renewable energy resources to benefit each other.

Wayne Smith - Smart Energy Council

Statement of support

Renewable energy, paired with long duration storage, can ‘repower Australian manufacturing’ with the lowest cost energy day and night. RayGen can manufacture our technology in a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct, and use that same technology to supply the precinct with affordable, baseload power, creating and supporting local jobs.

Will Mosley - RayGen

Expression of Interest

Raygen (REIP)
Smart Energy Council
Energy Estate
Amtronics/Australian Hydrogen Generation
Epuron – SOS
Alpha HPA
Sunshine Hydro

Do you have a project that would benefit from joining a Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct?

Beyond Zero Emissions is collecting expressions of interest to demonstrate there is a strong demand for Renewable Energy Industrial Precincts in Gladstone.

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