The Boston Energy and Innovation (BEI) Consortium has now met with government representatives from Queensland over its proposal for a 15GWh battery manufacturing plant in Townsville. The BEI has confirmed Townsville as its location of choice, and is looking at several potential locations around the city.
The BEI met with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, State Development Minister Anthony Lynham and Townsville City Coucil Mayor Jenny Hill and CEO Adele Young.
According to BEI director Corey Cooney, Townsville’s pull factors include an international airport, strategic location, extensive port facilities and essential infrastructure.
“It’s true that this is a project that could be picked up and moved to Adelaide, Perth or even Darwin, however, we have a lot of confidence in the future of North Queensland as a destination for new-age manufacturing,” Cooney told News Corp.
The group is also in talks with State Development Minister Anthony Lynham over the creation of a new advanced manufacturing hub and smart technology innovation base in Townsville. Cooney believes the battery factory will act as an “anchor” for this.