Anglo-Australian mining titan Rio Tinto Group announced this week that it is soliciting proposals for wind and solar power projects for its operations in Queensland.
Rio Tinto said it has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to that end and is looking for sustainable energy alternatives for its three operations there, namely the Boyne aluminium smelter, the Yarwun alumina refinery, and the Queensland alumina refinery.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ivan Vella, Rio’s aluminium chief executive, said the Gladstone asset would need about 1,140 MW of reliable power, or at least 4,000 MW of wind or solar power resources.
“As Queensland’s largest energy user, we have an important role to play in driving the development of competitive renewable energy sources for our Gladstone assets and supporting the state’s renewable energy targets.”
“It is early in the process, but this is an important step towards meeting both our Group climate change target of halving our emissions by the end of the decade and our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050,” he continued.
Rio Tinto says it hopes to have these assets in place by 2030. The RFP comes on the heels of its doubling down on its climate commitments last fall, including cutting in half its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by the end of the decade and switching its Australian assets to renewable energy sources.
The firm also signed a Statement of Co-operation with the state of Queensland to work towards establishing more renewable energy options for the Gladstone area.
Rio Tinto says it will make additional statements on the matter when it deems them appropriate.