Refinery expansion to boost economy
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.