Munitions factory energised by state government funding

A Queensland munitions factory has benefited from the state government’s $9 million investment for improved energy supply and connection.

The Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) factory faced a challenging energy environment, due to its complex energy needs, noted Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick.

“We worked with Ergon Energy and RNM to best understand what the plant needed in terms of connection to the grid, and we’re now investing $9 million to facilitate it,” he said.

The $60 million factory is expected to be completed in 2021 and will supply artillery shell cases and other products to the Australian Defence Force, as well as throughout Rheinmetall’s global supply chain. Specifically, 30,000 155mm artillery shell cases will be made at the site per year.

The facility is a joint venture between Rheinmetall and Australian munitions manufacturer NIOA Pty Ltd and the site will support 100 manufacturing jobs when it is operating.

To enable the plant to meet its energy needs, the state government will construct an additional substation in Maryborough, as well as a 11-kilovolt connection to the plant.

According to RNM deputy chair and director, Robert Nioa, the facility’s significant energy needs emerged during the planning phase of the project.

“Through these considerations the exact nature of the facility’s electricity connection requirements became apparent,” said Nioa.

“We’re very pleased the Queensland Government was able to facilitate the negotiations between all stakeholders and take the necessary steps to secure the plant’s connection requirements.”