Early bird tickets are now available for the 2018 GEA Major Industry Conference, Gala Dinner and Industry Awards

Gladstone’s resource industry is diversifying with millions of dollars’ of solar energy projects slated for the region over the next 12 months including the continued development of the bio-fuels sector and the attraction of the hydro-energy industry.

From Australian Future Energy’s development of an above ground coal gasification facility, Renew Estate’s solar projects at Yarwun and Rodds Bay, and Acciona Energy’s $500 million solar farm, the resource industry diversification into the energy sector will feature heavily at this year’s GEA Major Industry Conference.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance CEO Carli Homann said the conference has always moved with the times to keep Gladstone’s resource industry up to date with future and current projects and the 2018 event will be no exception.

“The GEA Major Industry Conference is highly regarded in the region as the key forum for current and future work opportunities,” Ms Homann said.

“Gladstone’s resource industry has faced many challenges over the last few years; however, through it all the industry has continued to diversify which will feature prominently at this year’s conference.

 “Gladstone is currently in a transitional period with energy projects at the forefront of that transition and I’m happy to confirm Australian Future Energy, Renew Estate and Acciona Energy will all be presenting their work opportunities at this year’s conference.

“Further speakers will be announced soon but I can also confirm the Department of Defence will be presenting their available opportunities which include over $800 million of projects for the Australia-Singapore Military training Initiative at Shoalwater Bay.

The GEA are also proud to announce local company Aestec Services have come on board as this year’s principal sponsor of the conference.

“Aestec Services are a great local company and it’s a privilege to have them on board for this year’s conference and I would also like to thank outgoing principal sponsor MIPEC for their support over the last few years.”

Having serviced major clients in the region for numerous of years, including Boyne Smelters, Cement Australia, Gladstone Area Water Board and Queensland Alumina Limited, Aestec Services managing director Doug Deakin said the company decided to sponsor the conference to support the local community of businesses, contractors and employers working within the resource sector.

“The conference brings local companies together and at the end of the day that is what the conference is all about – supplying local jobs for local people,” Mr Deakin said.

“Despite the recent mining downturn the industry in Gladstone is still solid and the conference provides the opportunity for any business that wants to succeed to have access to up and coming project information including timelines, procurement requirements and costs.”

The GEA Major Industry Conference is held in conjunction with the GEA Gala Dinner and Industry Awards which will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on October 11, 2018. 

Early bird discount tickets are now available and can be purchased now by calling the GEA on 4972 9060 or from the GEA website at www.gea.asn.au

Picture: (from left) GEA CEO Carli Homann, Aestec general manager Chris Skerman, commercial services and business manager Royalene Lisle, and managing director Doug Deakin.

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