Connecting Industry News: March 2024.

Welcome to the Connecting Industry News. Every two months, Connecting Industry will keep you up to date on the latest resource and construction news, information, events, and procurement opportunities in Queensland and Australia.

In this month’s Connecting Industry News, are you creating strategic relationships in business? ABEL Energy are accelerating the construction of a $1.7 billion methanol manufacturing plant, Windlab’s Bungaban wind project to power Gladstone plants, and tickets to the Connecting Industry Conference Queensland 24 are now on sale.

Enjoy the March edition of Connecting Industry News.

Strategically thinking about your next relationship.


I remember when I was trying to attract a company to present their project procurement at a Connecting Industry Event. The procurement manager said to me “We don’t do relationships”, trying to emphasize the importance of best value in their ‘blind auction’ system where suppliers, blindly bid on a piece of business.

However, I wonder what happens when that faceless transaction needs a relationship to bail it out of a jam, escalate a problem, or expediate an unnecessary shipment? Lack of relationships is another reason some business professionals see functions such as procurement as business inhibitors rather than enablers.

For far too long networking at events has been considered a quick path to meet new contacts however, when done intelligently, it can open doors to new clients, jobs, investors, and resources, to help you solve challenges or benefit from new opportunities.

So, I ask you to consider, there are personal relationships, functional relationships, and transactional relationships however, it’s strategic relationships that are most underdeveloped.

Strategic relationships elevate your efforts and thinking beyond your current responsibilities and encourage you to think about the new business opportunities and stakeholders that you will need to succeed. Strategic relationships accelerate access, long term personal and professional growth opportunities, and most importantly, can connect you and build a relationship of value with the person sitting next to you at the next event you attend.

Kieran Moran – Connecting Industry Managing Director.

Industry News Briefs.

MOU backs $1.7bn green methanol plan for Townsville.

ABEL Energy is accelerating the potential construction of a $1.7 billion methanol manufacturing plant on 16-22 hectares of land at the Cleveland Bay Industrial Park located in the Townsville State Development Area to produce 400,000 tonnes per annum of green methanol.

ABEL Energy chief executive officer Michael van Baarle said the Townsville project would seek to replicate the company’s flagship project, Bell Bay Powerfuels in Tasmania. It would produce 300,000 tonnes per annum of green methanol for the shipping and aviation sectors, he said.

“ABEL’s green methanol production process uses 100 per cent renewable power, fresh water and biomass residues,” Mr van Baarle said.

For full story, connect here.

ABEL Energy joins a growing list of proponents seeking to export renewable energy through the Port of Townsville.

Heritage lines up Mount Morgan processing gear.

Heritage Minerals has opened expressions of interest for businesses to supply processing equipment for the Mount Morgan tailings processing and rehabilitation project.

The company is advancing a $100 million project expected to produce 60,000 ounces of gold and 5000 tonnes of copper each year at the historical Mount Morgan mine site in Central Queensland which is expected to support 250 new direct construction jobs and up to 150 operational jobs.

The expressions of interest cover liquid oxygen tanks, a leach reactor, interstage screen package, elution heater and heat exchanger, process and solution pumps, fabricated columns and internal parts.

Further items include a precipitate thickener, flocculant system, pressure filter smelting furnace, exhaust fans, gold room vault and scale, conveyor package, air compressor and dryer system, vacuum system, gold room scrubber, fuel system, hoists, RO potable water system, non metal tanks, safety shower and eye wash, drying oven, fire water pump package, inline mixer and cyanide analyser.

Connect for full story.

Heritage Minerals’ proposed tailings processing plant will treat two million tonnes of tailings a year.

Baralaba South mine plans out for public feedback.

Plans to develop the Baralaba South metallurgical coal project have taken another step forward, with the public comment period now open on the Environmental Impact Statement for a 2.5Mtpa operation.

The timing of the new open-cut operation is planned to allow a transition from the existing Baralaba North mine when it approaches the end of its operational mine life, estimated between 2028 and 2030.

The Baralaba South project proponent is listed as Baralaba South – a privately owned subsidiary of Wonbindi Coal, 100 per cent owned by Baralaba Coal Company.

The Baralaba South operation, about 8km south of Baralaba in Central Queensland, is expected to mine approximately 49Mt of ROM coal to produce about 36Mt of product coal over the life of the project.

The peak workforce for the Baralaba South metallurgical coal project is estimated to be 521 during operations and an additional 268 employees during construction.

Connect here for full story.

In the period when Baralaba Nth mine is winding down and the Baralaba Sth project is in construction and ramping up, the

Rio adds wind to its sails in push to ‘repower’ CQ plants.

Rio Tinto has signed Australia’s largest renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) to draw on Windlab’s planned Bungaban wind project to power its Gladstone plants.

The deal will see it buy 80 per cent of all power generated from the 1.4GW Bungaban project over 25 years.

Coming on top of a PPA announced last month for energy from the Upper Calliope solar farm, Rio Tinto said this would make it the biggest industrial buyer of renewable power in Australia.

The Bungaban wind energy project, in early development, is planned for a site about 40km from Wandoan, and 290km south-west of Gladstone.

Once approved, construction of the Bungaban project is targeted to start in late 2025 and create up to 600 construction jobs.

Connect for full story.

Rio Tinto said it would continue to engage with potential partners to assess other proposals to help competitively meet the energy needs of its three production assets in the Gladstone region.

The above industry News Briefs were sourced from the following publications: Industry Queensland, the Courier Mail, and Renew Economy.

Connecting Industry Podcast.

Have you listened to the Connecting Industry Podcast with Mick Wood, Sunrise Energy Metals Regional Manager for the Sunrise Battery Materials Project. Mike is an experienced project manager with over 25 years operational experience in mining and minerals processing across nickel, uranium, copper and gold. He has held numerous leadership roles over the past 20 years across projects, engineering, maintenance and operations disciplines.

The Sunrise project is Australia’s biggest and most advanced battery materials project and contains the world’s biggest and highest-grade scandium resource. The project is fully integrated from mine to battery chemicals with annual forecast production of 21 000 t of nickel and 4 500 t of cobalt, with potential to produce 200 t/y of scandium oxide.

To listen to Mike’s story and others working in the resource and construction sector, connect here.

The Connecting Industry Podcast series connects you with the stories of the people who work in the resource and construction sector throughout Australia.

Industry Events.

Connecting Industry Luncheon Series.

Tickets are now on sale for the next Connecting Industry Luncheon with Queensland Hydro. Queensland Hydro is a publicly owned entity established by the Queensland Government to design, deliver, operate and maintain long duration pumped hydro energy storage assets including the Borumba Pumped Hydro and Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro projects. For more information and to register, connect here.

Presented by Queensland Hydro Executive General Manager of Development Chris Evans, the Borumba Pumped Hydro project is a 2,000 MW pumped hydro energy storage system at Lake Borumba and the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project is a proposed 5,000 MW pumped hydro energy storage system located in the Pioneer Valley and adjacent ranges, 75km west of Mackay. Chris Evans including representatives of Queensland Hydro will be available at the Connecting Industry Luncheon to discuss your interest in supplying to the Borumba Pumped Hydro and the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro projects.

Want to present your business? Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.

Connecting Industry is proud to announce the launch of the Connecting Industry Conference Queensland 24. The Connecting Industry Conference Queensland 24 features companies and government owned corporations presenting their pipeline of major projects worth a record $30+ billion in infrastructure and construction to the Queensland economy over the next decade.

The online virtual conference is designed to give an overview of current and upcoming projects and to assist the resource, construction, engineering, and manufacturing sector to think strategically in their planning for future procurement and develop professional relationships to create business success.

With more projects to be announced soon, the current line-up is:

QEM Limited (ASX:QEM) Ltd: Julia Creek Vanadium and Oil Shale.

Queensland Hydro – Borumba and Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Projects.

Powerlink Queensland: CopperString32.

Ark Energy Corporation: Collinsville Green Energy Hub .

The features of the Connecting Industry online platform not only allow for presentations, but enables delegates to connect, engage, and network with all presenters and attendees via private and public face-to-face meetings, personal video phone calls and messaging, including the downloading of all presentations and session recordings. To learn more and to find out how you can take your next opportunity, connect here now.

The Connecting Industry Conference Queensland features speakers from companies and government owned corporations presenting their pipeline of major projects including their scope, timelines, and potential opportunities. All speakers are available for one-on-one and group discussions

What makes a good job advertisement?

Competition is tighter than ever when it comes to recruiting for your business.  One of the key elements to ensuring you attract the right candidates is your recruitment advert.

Bear in mind, a well-thought-out advertisement not only attracts the attention of the right candidates, but it can also allow candidates who aren’t suitable to self-elect out of your hiring process, saving them and you time and effort.

In addition to the basics of the advert, job title, salary, qualifications and responsibilities, your ad needs to build interest and excitement.  Ask yourself some questions about your organisation to get some ideas flowing. To find out what some of those questions could be, connect to Connecting Industry Talent now.

Connecting Industry Talent has been established to service the increasing demand for skilled professionals across the resource and construction industry throughout Australia.

LinkedIn Local Events.

Have you registered for the next LinkedIn Local Gladstone or Rockhampton yet? LinkedIn Local events are a business meetup concept with a difference. It allows you to connect and engage with your local business networks in central Queensland and you don’t have to be on LinkedIn to attend.

LinkedIn Local events allows people like you to connect with like-minded people in business who want to create meaningful interactions and contacts that will be valuable in the future.

So come along to this free ‘no-pitch’ event and network over some nibbles and drinks in a great atmosphere and just chat and enjoy and make some new business friends and connections. Nibbles (canapes’) supplied. LinkedIn Local events are free to attend, and you do not have to be on LinkedIn.

To register for LinkedIn Local Gladstone (March 21), connect here now.

To register for LinkedIn Local Rockhampton (April 11), connect here now.

LinkedIn Local events is business networking without the pitch.

Connecting Industry is passionate about connecting your business to the resource and construction industry via our three tiers of professional services – Events, Talent, and Communications. To find out more about Connecting Industry, including our events, recruitment / talent services, podcasts, and communications / stakeholder engagement initiatives, email us at or phone on 0438 146 819.

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