A Queensland munitions factory has benefited from the state governments $9 million investment for improved energy supply and connection.
The Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) factory faced a challenging energy environment, due to its complex energy needs, noted Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick.
We worked with Ergon Energy and RNM to best understand what the plant needed in terms of connection to the grid, and were now investing $9 million to facilitate it, he said.
The $60 million factory is expected to be completed in 2021 and will supply artillery shell cases and other products to the Australian Defence Force, as well as throughout Rheinmetalls global supply chain. Specifically, 30,000 155mm artillery shell cases will be made at the site per year.
The facility is a joint venture between Rheinmetall and Australian munitions manufacturer NIOA Pty Ltd and the site will support 100 manufacturing jobs when it is operating.
To enable the plant to meet its energy needs, the state government will construct an additional substation in Maryborough, as well as a 11-kilovolt connection to the plant.
According to RNM deputy chair and director, Robert Nioa, the facilitys significant energy needs emerged during the planning phase of the project.
Through these considerations the exact nature of the facilitys electricity connection requirements became apparent, said Nioa.
Were very pleased the Queensland Government was able to facilitate the negotiations between all stakeholders and take the necessary steps to secure the plants connection requirements.
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