Rio Tinto has called for proposals to develop large-scale wind and solar energy projects in Queensland to power its aluminium assets and help meet its climate goals.
The metals and mining company has set out a formal market Request for Proposals (RFP) to support the development of multiple renewable energy projects that can start supplying electricity to its Gladstone assets by 2030.
That includes its three production sites: Boyne smelter, the Yarwun alumina refinery and the Queensland Alumina refinery, which require 1,140MW of power in total to operate, “which equates to at least 4,000MW of quality wind or solar power with firming”.
Ivan Vella, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto said “As Queensland’s largest energy user, we have an important role to play in driving the development of competitive renewable energy sources for our Gladstone assets and supporting the state’s renewable energy targets.
“It is early in the process but this is an important step towards meeting both our Group climate change target of halving our emissions by the end of the decade and our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.”