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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 300

Mr Holding asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 22 November 1979:

(   1 ) Can the Minister state whether 5 aluminium smelters are currently being planned for the Hunter Valley, NSW.

(2)   If so, can the Minister also state who the operators of the 2 additional smelters to those previously announced (Alcan, Alumax, Pechiney) will be.

(3)   What feasibility studies are being carried out regarding the establishment of a coal liquefaction plant in the Hunter Valley.

(4)   Has the Water Division of his Department been engaged either unilaterally or jointly with the New South Wales Government in feasibility studies for 4 new dams in the Hunter Valley to provide cooling for several new thermal power stations, which in turn will provide increased electricity capacity for the proposed aluminium smelters; if so, (a) what stage have the feasibility studies reached and (b) if completed, what were the recommendations of those studies.

Mr Anthony - The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) and (2) Proposals for new smelters in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales have been announced by Alumax (Aust.) and Aluminium Pechiney (Aust.) and Alcan (Aust.) has announced proposals to expand its smelter at Kurri Kurri.

(3)   The Commonwealth and the Governments of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria are participating in the joint Australia/Federal Republic of Germany coal to oil feasibility study. This study will report, inter alia, on the feasibility of establishing a commercial coal liquefaction plant in the Hunter Valley.

(4)   No.

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