Gladstone’s resource sector to benefit from massive project announcements at central Queensland’s largest industry conference

WITH more than $3.5 billion of projects tenders expected to be announced at this year’s GEA Major Industry Conference you would right to assume that this year’s event is a substantial one; however, more announcements including another $500M of procurement opportunities is also expected to be unveiled on the day.

“The projects highlighted at this year’s conference are extremely diverse and wide ranging but what is especially interesting and beneficial for local suppliers is the $3.5 billion of potential and available projects are all within a 250km radius of Gladstone,” GEA acting CEO Julie Gelder said.

“However, we have been informed that at least another $500M of procurement opportunities will also be announced topping off the conference which will now have over $4B of project tenders available.

Business leaders and decision makers in engineering, manufacturing and suppliers to industry are gearing up to hear from some of Queensland’s major resource companies and global firms with high profile speakers presenting upcoming supply opportunities and project updates.

“Suppliers of all sizes should attend the conference as a means of not only meeting with industry specialists, suppliers and manufacturers, but to also promote and engage with market leaders, connect with businesses and potential clients, and understanding the future of the resources sector.”

Global energy giant Acciona Energy and Australian renewable energy company Renew Estate will feature heavily at this year’s conference with both solar energy projects tipped to generate hundreds of jobs throughout the Gladstone resource industry workforce.

Acciona Energy will develop, finance, construct and operate the solar farm through a 30-year lease with the Queensland Government with commitments to Buy Queensland and Gladstone Buy Local procurement strategies.

“Gladstone’s resource sector is expected to play an important role in this project, with job opportunities, construction work and long-term prospects for suppliers,” Acciona Energy project manager Mr Cantwell said.

“There are a few ways procurement may end up happening but we expect it to be through a multi-contract process whereby Acciona will probably sit as the engineering, procurement and construction management.”

Renew Estate has been granted planning approval to build a $300 million solar farm at Rodds Bay. If it goes ahead at that scale, Rodds Bay will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia with construction expected to start late 2018 to early 2019.

“We are currently in the process of short listing EPC contractors to a short list of two which will be announced soon and part of the requirement is to maximise local content and the local workforce,” Renew Estate director Toby Roxburgh said.

GEA acting CEO Julie Gelder said the core focus of the GEA Major Industry Conference is to facilitate a forum which allows key decision makers who represent the central Queensland supply chain to have access to up and coming project and tender information.

“With more announcements expected including Australian Future Energy’s above ground coal gasifaction plant, CS Energy’s forward overhaul program and the Department of Defence Australia-Singapore Military Initiative, this year’s conference is the must-attend 2018 resource industry event.”

Tickets for the 2018 GEA Major Industry Conference, presented by Aestec Services, can be purchased now by calling the GEA on 4972 9060 or from the GEA website at

Picture: (from left) Aestec Services general manager Chris Skerman and director Doug Deakin, Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Peter O’Sullivan, Renew Estate director Toby Roxburgh, GEA acting CEO Julie Gelder, CQG Consulting business manager Alison Bird and GEA president Ken Corfield.

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