Collaboration opportunities in the renewables sector were the focus of a recent visit by a New Caledonian government delegation to TIQ’s Brisbane office.

The Pacific island nation is seeking to utilise Queensland’s knowledge and expertise in renewables as it rolls out an ambitious renewable-energy transition scheme based on solar, wind and biogas farms.

TIQ’s Mining and Resources team organised a roundtable where the New Caledonian visitors could meet local renewables representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy; Energy Queensland; Yurika Energy and the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

TIQ Mining and Resources Director Anthony Christensen said Queensland was well placed to help New Caledonia achieve its renewables goals.

‘The Queensland Government has committed $5 billion to renewable investment, with $1.1 billion worth of projects already constructed,’ Mr Christensen said.

‘Queensland has 27 solar or wind facilities currently operating and the state government is working towards positioning Queensland at the forefront of renewable hydrogen production in Australia by 2030.

‘These initiatives make Queensland a great place to connect overseas governments and industry players interested in renewables with local businesses who are emerging global leaders in the field.’

The meeting discussed Queensland’s policies on energy transition, renewable energy objectives and the state’s strategies for hydrogen and smart grids.

The New Caledonian delegation also learned about UQ’s Warwick Solar Farm Project and Heron Island battery, before touring the Tesla battery storage system at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Mr Christensen said New Caledonia had multiple renewable projects planned and underway.

‘The delegation reported that Lifou Island – the largest of the Loyalty Islands, which are located just over 100km north-east of New Caledonia’s main island – will rely on 100% renewable energy in 2020,’ he said.

‘A new power station will also be developed to meet the high energy demands of resources company Société Le Nickel’s (SLN) nickel-processing plant in Népoui.’

The New Caledonian delegation visited Brisbane on 5 March 2020.

Renewables are identified as one of Queensland’s emerging strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.