Re­fin­ery ex­pan­sion to boost econ­omy

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS -

A $300 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the Sun Met­als Zinc Re­fin­ery (SMC) is set to bring hun­dreds of jobs to North QLD.

QLD Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said the newly an­nounced ex­pan­sion would in­crease zinc pro­duc­tion to about 220,000 to 270,000 tonnes per year, and was great news for North QLD and for Sun Met­als Cor­po­ra­tion.

“This is a huge day for Townsville and the sur­round­ing re­gion be­cause the ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to sup­port an es­ti­mated 350 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion, and there will be around 100 ad­di­tional per­ma­nent re­fin­ery and lo­gis­tic work­ers once op­er­a­tional,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Sun Met­als’ re­fin­ery ex­pan­sion was ex­pected to com­mence im­me­di­ately, and was ex­pected to be com­plete by the first half of 2021.

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