A $308 million abattoir proposed for Gladstone has received development approval from the Queensland Coordinator-General.

The abattoir, a project of Asia Pacific Agri-Corp, would comprise a beef processing, packing and export facility.

It would also incorporate innovative energy-efficiency features.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said renewables would play a key role in powering the new facility, proposed to be built in the Gladstone State Development Area.

‘Once fully operational this cutting-edge facility will be capable of processing 2,400 head of cattle per day ready to cater for growing demand for Australian beef,’ he said.

‘The development approval also provides for 95 hectares of solar panels, capable of generating 78MW of electricity or almost one-third of the site’s total electricity needs.

‘A further energy-efficiency measure includes the development of an on-site 33MW hydrogen plant to service the abattoir’s boiler.’

The Coordinator-General conducted community consultation on the proposed facility earlier this year, and has placed 29 conditions on the project to reduce any impacts from emissions such as noise, dust and odour.

Some secondary approvals are required for the project to commence, including approval for operational works from Gladstone Regional Council and permits from the Department of Environment and Science for meat-processing and irrigation activities on site.

Asia Pacific Agri-Corp will next undertake detailed design.

Construction is expected to commence around May 2019 subject to the necessary approvals being received, with the facility anticipated to be operational by 2021.

The government estimates that the project would create 305 construction jobs and 335 operational jobs.

Agriculture is identified as one of Queensland’s traditional export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.