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Orica and Alpha HPA have joined Rio Tinto in signing a statement of cooperation with the Queensland government, to pave the way to clean energy in central Queensland. 

The companies signing the Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation is helping to cement the region as an industrial and renewable energy powerhouse. 

“Queensland is renewable ready and central Queensland is perfectly primed to take advantage of the state’s natural energy advantage while creating economic opportunities,” Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said. 

“This statement of cooperation ensures that Queensland can benefit from the global shift towards decarbonisation, starting in central Queensland. 

“The shared vision, between industry and government, for renewables in central Queensland is great news for community members, who will benefit from more jobs right along the supply chain.” 

The statement of cooperation will secure the future competitiveness of Queensland, adding value to a natural energy advantage to drive employment and economic outcomes.

It will focus on three areas: committing to industry by establishing certainty for current industry and growing demand, delivering a globally competitive energy solution that is centred around firmed, low-carbon electricity for industry, and growing the industries of the future. 

“With so much experience in decarbonisation, Orica can help Queensland become a global leader in renewable energy and succeed in a low-carbon economy, bringing substantial environment, economic and social benefits to the state,” Orica Australia Pacific vice president John Cooper said.  

Miles said this was only the beginning of a collaboration that will continue to grow, meaning more jobs, getting more of the supply chain and holding on to value for Queenslanders. 

“There is a global shift as the world is demanding more renewable energy to support decarbonisation in both energy generation and low energy consuming products,” Alpha HPA chief operating officer Rob Williamson said. 

“We want to produce a range of low carbon footprint, high-purity aluminium products for critical decarbonising technologies whilst creating jobs for local communities.”