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Planning approval awarded for WA’s first steel mill

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Green Steel of WA, which plans to have a steel recycling plant at Collie running in 2026, has said it has been granted State Planning Approval.

GSWA officially began its project in July last year and lodged a development application in December last year. 

According to an announcement on Linkedin by the company on Tuesday, “WA’s Regional Development Assessment Panel gave its unanimous approval for the project. 

“Achieving this key milestone takes us one step closer towards our making our state’s first steel mill a reality and we hope, our first move towards creating a much larger green steel industry for WA”, reads the post. 

“It was a mammoth effort by the team who completed all of the required design and planning studies in record time for a project of this size, officially lodging our development approval before Christmas of 2023”.

It would be the first steel mill opened in Australia since the Rooty Hill site in 1992, currently run by Infrabuild. 

The proposed Collie mill, based on electric arc furnace processing of scrap steel, is budgeted at approximately $400 million. A final investment decision will be made this year and construction is “expected to commence in late 2024” according to GSWA’s website.

GSWA expects it to process over 400,000 tonnes of long steel products annually for local and export markets and employ 200 directly when in operation.

The company also aims to open a direct-reduced iron (DRI) plant based on Danieli Group’s (hydrogen-based) Energiron in the state as early as 2028. 

Picture: credit Green Steel of WA

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