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Clive Palmer considering to reopen Queensland Nickel refinery

Metal News - Published on Wed, 29 Nov 2017

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ABC reported that Clive Palmer has confirmed he is considering reopening the Queensland Nickel refinery in north Queensland, which comes after he won a AUD 197 million lawsuit against Chinese corporate company Citic. Mr Palmer said that he had a team of people looking at reopening the Yabulu refinery near Townsville and 500 people who had registered for jobs. Mr Palmer said that "Yes, certainly we're having a good look at it."

Mr Palmer continued that "It never would have closed if the Chinese government would have met their obligations, or the Australian and Queensland governments had been prepared to support the community, but now we're in a position to do that.

Mr Palmer added that "So we're seeing what can be done to open it as soon as we can."

But Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has met the news with scepticism.

Cr Hill said the local community would be likely to treat Mr Palmer with some distrust.

Ms Jenny Hill said that "I think Mr Palmer has forgotten the litany of destroyed businesses, small businesses in particular, he left in his wake with the closure of QNI, as well as the destruction to many families who had a member that lost their jobs there."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 29 Nov 2017
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