More than 180 delegates from around Australia learnt about more than $3.5 billion worth of tenders available within the central Queensland supply chain recently.
The delegates were filled in at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Major Industry Conference on some of the major projects planned for the region.
GEA acting chief executive officer Julie Gelder said the conference was highly regarded as the key forum for current and future work opportunities, with 2018 marking the 15th year of the industry event.
“The core focus of the conference was to facilitate a forum which allowed key decision makers who represent the central Queensland supply chain to have access to up-and-coming project and tender information,” Ms Gelder said.
“The conference diversified in 2018 to include a number of renewable energy projects within the resource and construction industry, like Renew Estate’s $400 million Rodds Bay solar farm and Acciona Energy Australia’s Aldoga solar farm.
Renew Estate director Simon Currie said the conference was an eye-opener for the company, with strong interest from many of the delegates.
“The calibre, quality and professionalism of the conference surpassed many conferences that I’ve attended and the GEA really need to be commended for their efforts,” Mr Currie said.
He said Renew Estate had identified Gladstone as the best site in Queensland to realise its solar energy goals.
“We see that as the right decision for us, with the local power demand and, more so, the fact that there’s local talent and the local appetite for these projects,” Mr Currie said.
The conference, hosted by the Minerals Council of Australia, was also attended by Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane, Department of Defence first assistant secretary of infrastructure Chris Birrer, CS Energy’s executive general manager Colin Duck and Gladstone Ports Corporation’s chief executive officer Peter O’Sullivan.
Ms Gelder said the conference represented the region’s major industries, infrastructure providers, planners and leaders in the mineral processing, mining and construction industry.