Posted February 09, 2018 05:07:18 A $1 billion investment will help cement Australia’s position as the world’s leading steel producer as part of a $2.6 billion investment that will also see a massive expansion of the nation’s industrial base and create thousands of jobs.
Steel industry spokesman Paul Steeves said the steel plant in the Pilbara region would create 10,000 jobs.
“The plant will create more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in Pilbara, a region with a high concentration of steel manufacturing,” Mr Steeve said.
“Steel is the backbone of our economy, with jobs here in the region and across the nation.”
Steel producers in Western Australia’s Pilbara have already seen a boost in productivity and output.
But Mr Stees said the plant would also be an important boost to the region’s industrial sector.
“It will be a major new addition to our industrial base, providing a huge boost to our national export market, and creating tens of thousands of additional jobs,” he said.
The $2bn project is expected to create more steel jobs than the $1.3bn investment announced last year.
“It’s not just the steel that will be coming into the Pilaras steelworks,” Mr Stricker said.
The Pilbara Regional Development Corporation (PRDC) is a joint venture between the Federal Government, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), the Pilawar Ironworks and a consortium of private industry, community and community partners.
It is one of five major industrial zones set to be created in Western Australian by the Federal Infrastructure Facility (FIF).
“The investment will boost regional economies and create a significant increase in employment in the sector, with the addition of new jobs to the Pilrads steel industry,” Mr Pringle said.
But the Pilbars new government has promised to bring steel jobs back to the area.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said it would be a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to invest in the state’s steel industry.
“We need a new industry in this country, we need new jobs in this state, we’re not going to wait for other states and territories to do it,” he told the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“I want to see jobs come to Western Australia.
I want to hear from the Pilbaras steel industry, and I want the Pilgars steel industry to hear about it.
AER has already approved the $2billion investment in Steel Rocks, which is expected for construction in 2019.
Pilbara steelworks spokesman Paul Stricker says the investment will create tens of thousand of jobs, including in the steel-making industry, as well as the manufacturing industry.