QUESTION: Promotion of green steel industry

In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, representing the Minister for Energy and Mining what steps is the Government taking to promote a green steel industry in South Australia.


The Hon. M.C. PARNELL: My question is to the Minister for Trade and Investment, representing the Minister for Energy and Mining. The question is: what steps is the government taking to promote a green steel industry in South Australia which replaces metallurgical coal with hydrogen to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Minister for Trade and Investment): I thank the honourable member for his question and, as always, his ongoing interest in things that are green and the very important issue around green steel. I know that the member for Stuart and hardworking Minister for Energy and Mining, the Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan, will be best placed to provide that answer, so I will refer the question to him and bring back an answer.

Response received on June 16, 2020: 

Hon David Ridgway MLC: The Minister for Energy and Mining has advised:

1. "GFG Alliance has publicly announced its transformation plan for the Whyalla Steelworks that
includes consideration for future green steel production.

2. Our Government continues to work with GFG to secure the long-term future of the Whyalla
Steelworks operations and green steel production.

The Government has committed to provide $50 million for capital investments at Whyalla which
ensure its long-term viability .

3. The Department for Energy and Mining is currently delivering the Hydrogen Action Plan. The Department is also collaborating with the CSIRO on the state's Magnetite Strategy and with the University of Adelaide's Centre for Energy Technology on its proposed Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre , on how they might contribute to green steel in the future."