The State Government is investing $9 million to upgrade energy supply and connection for the planned $60 million Rheinmetall shell forging plant in Maryborough.
State Development and Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) facility would create up to 100 advanced manufacturing jobs for Maryborough.
“Maryborough has enough power, but because the facility’s energy needs are complex we want to strengthen supply and safeguard connection,” Mr Dick said.
“We worked with Ergon Energy and RNM to best understand what the plant needed in terms of connection to the grid, and we’re now investing $9 million to facilitate it.”
An additional Maryborough substation and a dedicated 11-kilovolt connection will be built for the plant.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said construction would begin in March 2020, with the plant to commence full production in 2022.
“The plant will produce 30,000 155mm artillery shell cases annually for both the Australian Defence Force and Rheinmetall’s international supply chain,” Mr Saunders said.
“Most importantly though, it will produce more jobs for Maryborough, continuing the Palaszczuk Government’s great work to boost manufacturing locally.”
RNM Deputy Chair and Director Robert Nioa said the new facility was a complex project that required detailed consideration of its technical specifications by both Ergon Energy and RNM.