QNI Resources has received draft contracts from the Port of Townsville, paving the way for a potential recommencement of production within six weeks, says Clive Palmer.
“We will review these drafts and if they are the same terms and conditions as the previous contracts we could see work recommence in six weeks,” Mr Palmer said
“This is an encouraging development for QNI Resources and the people of North Queensland.
“Once we gain access to the port we can begin receiving nickel ore and can immediately employ 100 people to recommission the refinery, as a forerunner to more than one thousand jobs in the near future.
“Once the leases are reinstated with the same terms and conditions as were in place previously, we can set about getting Townsville back to work again and making it great,’’ Mr Palmer said.
A Port of Townsville spokeswoman said the organisation was continuing ‘very positive’ discussions with Queensland Nickel, but said the talks were commercial in confidence.