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Stanwell and Anglo American in green energy deal

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Anglo American’s steelmaking coal business in Australia will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy from 2025, as part of a 10-year deal with Queensland government-owned energy generator, Stanwell.

In what will be Stanwell’s biggest ever retail deal, the company will supply Anglo American with renewable electricity, powering their five steelmaking coal operations across Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan was answering the call of businesses and industries wanting to decarbonise, while delivering huge investment in the regions and 100,000 more good jobs.

“This partnership with Anglo American and Stanwell demonstrates the strong shift to clean energy from Queensland businesses,” she said.

“Stanwell is one of Queensland’s major energy suppliers, and until recently has been known only for coal-fired energy generation.”

The deal will power all electrical equipment at Anglo American’s mines in Moranbah, Middlemount and Moura, including draglines, longwall equipment, conveyors, coal preparation facilities, lighting and ventilation and cooling infrastructure, water treatment plant and administration facilities.

Anglo American chief executive in Australia, Dan van der Westhuizen, said the energy supply would effectively remove all Scope 2 emissions from Anglo American’s steelmaking coal business in Australia from 2025.

“Securing 100 per cent renewables from Stanwell is a major step towards our target of carbon neutral operations in Australia – and globally – by 2040,” he said.

“Many of the metals and minerals we produce – including steelmaking coal – are critical to supporting decarbonisation projects and the transition to renewable energy, as an essential component of solar, wind, hydro, bioenergy and hydrogen power generation.

“We are committed to playing our part against climate change, including through renewable energy use and accelerating a number of technologies to abate our on-site emissions, from electrifying our mobile equipment to capturing the methane from our steelmaking coal operations.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support Stanwell Corporation in its investment in 650MW of renewables capacity for Queensland, which will result in this mutually beneficial arrangement that brings both environmental and economic benefits compared with our current energy mix and provides a large investment in renewable energy generation for Queensland.”

Stanwell CEO, Michael O’Rourke, said the agency was pleased to be able to provide Anglo American with a bespoke, new energy solution.

“Stanwell is able to secure flexible and secure agreements like this one, because of our extensive pipeline of renewable energy projects,” he said.

“Stanwell Energy is unique in its approach when it comes to its service offering.  Our dedicated account managers work with customers to develop tailored energy contracts that provide flexibility, security, and access to renewable options.

“Our energy team is committed to sourcing renewable energy projects that allow us to provide exceptional value to our customers.”

The partnership with Anglo American Steelmaking Coal Pty Ltd will be linked to renewable energy from the Clarke Creek Wind Farm and Blue Grass Solar projects.

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