Collie’s industrial transition is powering ahead, with the State Government today announcing new funding for two projects with the potential to deliver up to 600 permanent industrial jobs in the town.
Collie is a step closer to being home to a net-zero magnesium refinery with Magnium Australia unveiling plans to establish and construct a pilot plant to produce high-purity magnesium metal in Collie’s Light Industrial Area.
The $18 million pilot plant – supported by a $5 million grant from the State Government’s Collie Industrial Transition Fund – is set to pave the way in sustainable manufacturing through the establishment of a semi-commercial pilot plant.
Once operational, the pilot plant will enable commercial scale testing of the CSIRO-developed technology, offering transitioning workers in Collie a rare opportunity to gain exposure to next-generation technologies and skills.
The pilot plant will have capacity to scale up to producing 800 tonnes of high purity magnesium metal and is a stepping-stone to building a large-scale magnesium refinery in Collie.
Subject to the completion of Magnium’s detailed feasibility study – supported by $2 million from the Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund and scheduled to be completed later in 2023 – the full-scale magnesium refinery could commence operations in Collie in the coming years.
A further investment of $2.7 million from the Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund will support Green Steel of WA’s bankable feasibility study for its proposed Green Steel Recycling Mill in Collie.
Green Steel of WA are working to establish a sustainably operated steel mill which processes local scrap steel to produce green steel reinforcing bars for local consumption and export.
Green Steel of WA have partnered on the project with Danieli Group – a world leader in advanced Electric Arc Furnace-based green steel technology, which has already delivered more than 36 similar steel mills globally.