Site of the Boulder Steel project near Mt Larcom.
Site of the Boulder Steel project near Mt Larcom.

Local jobs likely at $4 billion steelworks plant

THE company proposing a $4 billion steelworks plant in Gladstone's State Development Area has said the project could be built with majority local labour and contractors.

Boulder Steel has been in Gladstone for the past two days, meeting with local contractors to discuss construction and maintenance contracts.

Boulder chief David Simpson said the meetings, coordinated by Gladstone Engineering Alliance, were the first step in gauging local interest.

"We are confident that most of the construction skills and services (for the project) are available right here in Central Queensland."

Boulder Steel has submitted an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Mt Larcom plant, which would produce five million tonnes of steel for export every year.

The 30-month development could create 2000 jobs, and BS said construction could start in 2015, with final investment pending.

Steel operations would require 1300 permanent workers, and 500 contractors.