Gladstone beats tough competition to house $200m Alumina production plant.

Published On : 16 Feb 2020

Gladstone will soon be home to a $200 million plant that will produce highly pure Alumina.

The plant will create a 100 regional jobs. Alpha HPA has selected a location within the Gladstone State Development area and are currently negotiating the final purchase terms for the land. The goal is to have the plant operational in 2023.

Alumina is a chemical compound derived from aluminium and is used in high-technology items such as lithium-ion battery separators. With increasing demand for electric cars and circa 70 lithium battery mega factories being constructed around the world, there is good reason to believe that Gladstone produced Alumina will be in high demand.

“Our extensive infrastructure, industrial processing facilities and skilled workforce led Alpha HPA to select a 9.2-hectare site in the Gladstone State Development Area which is owned by the state government.”

“With the Port of Gladstone nearby and export-ready, and the proposed site located close to likely suppliers whose by-product will be used to extract high purity Alumina, it’s the ideal location”, said Member of Gladstone Glenn Butcher.

Minister of State Development Cameron Dick said that he was pleased Gladstone was selected after facing tough competition from other potential sites including Newcastle, New South Wales and Kwinana, Western Australia. 

With a range of jobs coming to Gladstone, this is a good time to gain new skills and brush up on old ones. If you are unsure of the top jobs that Queensland employers are looking for, check out our other blog Top Jobs 2020: Queensland.