Mining giant calls tenders for major Qld project

June 13, 2022 Richard Szabo

A multinational resources company requested proposals for a new development in central and southern Queensland.

Rio Tinto recently called tenders for a large-scale project that powers its Gladstone aluminium operations.

The successful bidder will deliver multiple new wind farms and solar farms capable of supplying 4000 megawatts of clean energy to Boyne Smelter, the Yarwun Alumina Refinery and Queensland Alumina Refinery before the end of 2030. The work is promised to help the proponent meet its climate change ambitions and promote renewables across the region.

“As Queensland’s largest energy user, we have an important role to play in driving the development of competitive renewable energy sources for our Gladstone assets and supporting the state’s renewable energy targets,” Rio aluminium chief executive Ivan Vella said in a public statement.

“This is an important step towards meeting both our group climate change target of halving our emissions by the end of the decade, and our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.”

In October, the employer set a target of halving 2018 scope one and two emissions by the year 2030. It also signed a statement of cooperation with the State Government to generate more renewable energy in Central Queensland.

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