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.