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Ian Macfarlane, CEO of Queensland Resources Council will be guest speaker at the Resources Industry Network November briefing.

He'll present the newly released ‘Economic Impact of the Minerals & Energy Sector on the Queensland Economy 2016/17’ and in particular highlight Mackay regional results.

Each year, QRC collects a full year of confidential industry spending data and then has an independent expert run detailed economic models to build a uniquely detailed picture of mining, Queensland’s largest export industry.

It'll coincide with the Resource Industry Network AGM.
Date: Friday 3rd November
Where: Ocean International
Time: 6.45am registration for 7am start until 9am
Cost: Members: $45; Non Members: $65
Resources leader keynote speaker for Mackay event

Register here.
The Port of Brisbane hosted the longest container ship to ever visit Queensland - the 347m Susan Maersk - over the weekend.

Ports Minister Mark Baily said the visit of the Susan Maersk was only possible due to extensive studies that had taken place over the last two years to optimise the port’s channels to accommodate this class of vessel.

The vessel’s movements were thoroughly rehearsed in ship simulator Smartship by Maritime Safety Queensland and Brisbane Marine Pilots before its arrival and vessel traffic service operators had the technology to closely monitor its every movement from entry to the shipping channel through to docking, he said.

“Fortunately everyone has had prior experience in operations of this scale thanks to the first visit of a mega-container ship which visited Brisbane less than 12 months ago," Mr Bailey said. 

“These larger ships are taking a leading role in servicing key trade routes and the State is well positioned to take advantage of the efficiencies these vessels offer.”

In November last year, the 334m long containership Lloyd Don Carlos berthed in Brisbane.

The Port of Brsibane handled a record number of containers in 2016-17, moving 1.22 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) across its wharves - an increase of almost seven per cent on the previous year’s result.

PBPL’s chief executive officer Roy Cummins said the Port of Brisbane was determined to ensure its capacity for catering for larger vessels continued to grow.

“Congratulations to the captain, pilot, harbour master and tug operators, as well as our own operational team at the Port of Brisbane for successfully overseeing the Susan Maersk's visit,” Mr Cummins said.

“Our new channel clearance system (NCOS) has been in place since August, and this record-breaking visit by the Susan Maersk is testament to its capability.

“It means that we can more safely and accurately determine the under keel clearance needed to cater for larger vessels.

“By implementing NCOS and working with our partners, we are delivering on our commitment to never be the limiting factor for shipping on the east coast of Australia.”

Image courtesy of the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd.

Mega-container ship pops in for the weekend
Stanwell has completed a prefeasibility study for a hydro-electric power station on the Burdekin Falls Dam.

Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Minister Mark Bailey said the study confirmed there were no fatal flaws in the concept and that the proposed project would be commercial.

“It also confirmed that a Burdekin Falls Hydro Power Station could be built on the existing dam without impacting the water releases from the dam and with minimal environmental impact," he said.

“Stanwell, which owns and operates several hydro-electric power stations across Queensland, will now prepare a detailed business case for the construction and operation of the hydro-electric power station to be completed by July 2018.

“Subject to outcomes of the business case, construction would commence in 2020.”

Mr Bailey said $386 million had been set aside to strengthen and diversify power and water assets in North Queensland under the Powering North Queensland Plan.

Actions include:

  • $150 million reinvestment of Powerlink dividends for the development of strategic transmission infrastructure to support a clean energy hub;
  • $100 million reinvestment of Stanwell dividends to help fund the proposed hydro-electric power station at Burdekin Falls Dam;
  • $100 million equity injection and reinvestment of dividends towards improvement works to ensure that the Burdekin Falls Dam continues to meet design standards; and
  • commissioning a hydro-electric study to assess options for deploying new hydro in the state, including North Queensland.

Positive outlook for hydro scheme
Windlab is set to begin construction of the $160 million Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy project, after securing financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings, a joint venture between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation of Japan, and reached financial close this week.

Windlab will act as owner’s engineer during construction and will continue to manage Kennedy once operational, through Windlab Asset Management.

The company said the project would be built under a joint construction contract managed by Vestas and Quanta and was  expected to be fully operational before the end of 2018.

Located about 17km south-east of Hughenden, the project is forecast to create more than 100 local jobs during construction.

Kennedy Energy Park will be the first wind, solar and storage hybrid generator connected to the Australian national electricity network via a single connection point.

It will consist of 43.2MW wind generation, 15MW AC single-axis-tracking solar and 4MWh of Li Ion battery storage.

The project will use twelve Vestas V136, 3.6MW turbines at a hub height of 132m - the largest wind turbines yet to be deployed in Australia. The Li Ion storage will be provided by Tesla.

“We believe Kennedy Energy Park will demonstrate how effectively wind, solar and storage can be combined to provide low-cost, reliable and clean energy for Australia’s future,” Windlab executive chairman and chief executive officer Roger Price said.

“The broader adoption of projects like Kennedy can address the recommendations of the Finkel review and ensure that Australia can more than meet its Paris Commitments while putting downward pressure on energy prices”.

Project equity will be provided equally by Windlab and Eurus Energy. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will provide $93.5 million of debt finance to the project on a long tenure basis which will be non-recourse to Windlab. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will also provide $18 million in the form of a sub-ordinated refundable grant.

The project is expected to precede a much larger second phase dubbed ‘Big Kennedy’ - a $2 billion-plus 1200MW solar and wind farm, due to commence in 2019.

“The second phase of Kennedy, phase II or “Big Kennedy” as we like to call it, is 100 per cent owned by Windlab and will provide up to 1200MW of wind energy, critical in balancing the large amounts of solar generation that will be connected to the Queensland grid as it moves toward 50 per cent renewable energy capacity,” Mr Price said.

“The fact that wind generation in Queensland is biased towards the late afternoon, evening and night makes it ideal for matching large amounts of solar generation, thereby reducing the need for storage and other peaking capacity across the network. This is why Big Kennedy is a central component of the Queensland Government’s Powering North Queensland Plan.”

ARENA chief executive officer Ivor Frischknecht said the Kennedy Energy Park site enjoyed one of the best and largest wind resources in Australia, alongside one of the best solar sites.

“By integrating wind, solar and batteries, this will be able to provide reliable and dispatchable electricity to North Queensland,” Mr Frischknecht said. 

Green light for Kennedy Energy Park
The project team for the proposed Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) at Townsville has put a funding request before the State Government after a report outlining the long-term economic benefits it would bring the region.

The report, undertaken by Empower Economics, showed the project would generate more than $42 million in regional economic activity and create 182 direct and indirect jobs for the local community.

Regional economic development group Townsville Enterprise said this week that MOUA project team representatives had engaged with Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, Coralee O’Rourke, to present the project’s funding recommendation to the State Government.

Townsville Enterprise is seeking $5 million in State funding over three years to support the development of the tourism infrastructure project. Corporate and community contributions have already exceeded $700,000 for the project.

Jason de Caires Taylor, an artist famous for underwater installations, recently visited Townsville to scope locations.

He has since presented more than 30 art concepts to the project team, with a process of community consultation to be undertaken to select the final pieces of art as early as late 2017.

The sites identified by the artist as providing the best setting for the underwater installations are The Strand, Magnetic Island, Palm Island and John Brewer Reef.

The project team includes SeaLink Queensland, Reef Ecologic, Townsville City Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, James Cook University and Townsville Enterprise.

Townsville Enterprise director and regional general manager for the SeaLink Travel Group, Paul Victory, said the MOUA could build the capacity of the region’s marine tourism industry while creating a point of difference.

“With the right momentum it will be transformational for the development of our marine tourism industry and the region’s broader tourism offerings”, Mr Victory said.

“It will be an enduring way to further differentiate Townsville North Queensland as an attractive and progressive region with unique connections between the reef, art and science.

“The project will also build upon our region’s strengths, not just as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef but also as home to global centres of excellence in marine sciences such as James Cook University, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences.”

The Museum of Underwater Art is a priority project identified in Townsville Enterprise’s recently released 2017/18 Townsville North Queensland State Election Priorities.

Funding push for underwater art museum
Energy Queensland Limited (EQL) is looking for a provider to look after hard assets which are not part of the network.

Construction and other service opportunities with Energy Queensland

It’s seeking expressions of interest on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries, including Ergon Energy and Energex

EQL is assessing the current market through this EOI to identify suitably qualified suppliers (either as a single provider or a consortium) able to demonstrate the ability to deliver value for money Services.

This EOI is the first stage in a two stage Procurement Process, the purpose of which is to ultimately select a successful head contractor(s) to deliver Services, commencing 1 September 2018.

An overview of the Services the subject of this EOI (and the Services proposed to be the subject of the RFT) are set out below:

(i)                 property management;

(ii)                security services;

(iii)               sundry fleet administration;

(iv)               general building and facilities cleaning;

(v)                grounds maintenance; and

(vi)               general building construction and maintenance.

The contact is stacy.bruce@energyq.com.au

It closes Monday 30 October.

More detail here.