AIPP keeps wind farm manufacturing onshore

Wednesday, July 10th

The Australian Industry Participation Plan (AIPP) seems to be helping local manufacturers secure jobs.

It has just been announced that an Australian steel engineering and fabrication company has won the contract to build a series of wind towers on a new wind farm in southern New South Wales.

The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) welcomed the news in a July 10 media release, revealing that they have been advocating for local manufacturers to get more attention for quite some time.

AIPP legislation states that all projects which are valued at a minimum of $500 million or benefit from Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) funding must provide “full, fair and reasonable opportunity” for Australian industry to participate in them.

This is according to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, which believes that Australian businesses have just as much, if not more, to offer major projects as their global competitors.

Ian Cairns, ASI national manager (industry development), agrees.

He said this project win for an Australian manufacturer shows that “given real opportunities to offer competitive solutions, local industry can in many cases offer ample capacity and capability”.

Mr Cairns revealed that an “economic shift of focus” is currently taking place in Australia that could see more infrastructure development occurring as major mining construction begins to wind down.

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