Global professional services firm GHD has been appointed as Owner’s Engineer by Green Steel of WA to develop Australia’s first green steel recycling mill in the town of Collie in the southwest of Western Australia.
As Owner’s Engineer, GHD will provide multidisciplinary services to help Green Steel of WA develop the specifications for the steel plant, support engineering, procurement, and construction engagement, develop concept design and manage the project approvals.
The plant, an electric arc furnace (EAF) steel mill, will be powered by renewable energy, processing local scrap steel to produce more than 400,000 tonnes of long steel products annually for local consumption and export.
Located within the Coolangatta Special Industrial Area, the landmark project will create a circular economy for Western Australian steel for the first time in history. It will also create 200 skilled direct jobs and up to 2000 indirect jobs to boost the local economy and help support Collie’s transition towards its renewable energy future.
Green Steel of WA is a Western Australia-based company working to create a sustainable steel manufacturing industry in the state using green energy.
Azlan Ho, Green Steel of WA’s Managing Director, said the plan is for the Collie Steel Mill to be the start of a much larger green steel industry in Western Australia.
“With our abundant iron ore and renewable energy resources, we truly believe that Western Australia is the best place in the world to produce green steel. Yet, while Western Australia produces 38 per cent of the world’s iron ore exports, as well as more than 600,000 tonnes of scrap steel, we produce no steel.
“Our research indicates that production of green steel in Western Australia could add as much as $400 billion to the economy each year or nearly three times what we sell in iron ore. As such, the production of green steel presents a once in a generation opportunity for our state but we need to act fast or risk being left behind.”
Michael Nolan, GHD’s Executive Leader of Energy and Resources, who has joined the company with a focus on green steel, said the Green Steel of WA project would create lasting community benefit both in terms of an immediate boost to the local Collie economy and long-term reduction in carbon emissions from the production of green steel.
“This project is an excellent example of how GHD works with its clients to lead the transition towards a future of affordable, reliable, secure and low-carbon energy as part of our Future Energy growth initiative.”
The green steel industry addresses critical environmental and sustainability challenges associated with traditional steel production, which uses coal-fired furnaces. Steelmaking is estimated to account for seven to nine per cent of global carbon emissions globally. By reducing carbon emissions, conserving resources, and promoting sustainable practices, the green steel sector contributes to a more sustainable and resilient global economy.
Green Steel of WA is aiming for the mill to be operational in 2026.
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