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Acting industry Minister welcomes Whyalla demonstration smelter.

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Media Release


Jackie Kelly

Minister for Sport and Tourism

Acting Minister for Industry, Science and Resources


30 September 1999






The acting Minister for Industry, Science and Reso urces, Jackie Kelly, MP, today welcomed the news that South Australian Steel and Energy Pty Ltd (SASE) will proceed with plans to build a demonstration pig iron smelter in Whyalla, South Australia.


The $16.2 million demonstration plant will trial new Australian technology aimed at achieving some of the world’s lowest cost pig iron which is a high quality feedstock for Asia’s new generation of mini-mills.


“The Commonwealth Government has extended Major Project Facilitation Status to this project which will assist with completion of Federal government approvals in close liaison with South Australian agencies”, Ms Kelly said


If the demonstration plant confirms the commercial viability of the Ausmelt process, a full-scale pig iron plant will be built on a site in either Whyalla or the Coober Pedy area. SASE Pty Ltd envisages production of some 2.4 million tonnes a year, valued at $400 million at current prices.


“The SASE project is of major importance to the region and the nation. If the technology succeeds we will establish a new, internationally competitive industry in regional South Australia. This will create new job opportunities and open-up new export markets.”


Contact: Kate Harvey, Senator Minchin’s Office, 02 6277 7580 or 0419 432664

Murray Fearn, Invest Australia, 02 6213 7560





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