Jobs boom on the way with Gladstone's new alumina plant
A proposed $300 million high purity alumina plant set to create 420 jobs, is one step closer after gaining Queensland Government planning approval.
The plant, which will be run by Alpha HPA, is set to be built in the Gladstone State Development Area with 9.2 hectares set aside for it.
The company plans produce 10,000 tonnes of high purity alumina equivalent annually.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles says the high purity alumina will provide the raw materials used by low-carbon growth industries including LED lighting and lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher says having a new plant in the region is a win for locals with a new influx of jobs coming.
He says there will be 300 construction jobs available and 120 full time jobs once operational.
Moving forwar, Mr Butcher says we just sit back and wait for the company to get their stuff together
"They are now in a position to go back to their investors and say everything we have done has been ticked off now wee need to make sure we get the money so we can see construction start in first quarter of this year," Mr Butcher says.
Alpha HPA Managing Director Rimas Kairaitis say they are hoping to start large-scale HPA production in Gladstone early 2023.