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Monday, November 28, 2005

Potential Suppliers Attend a Pulp Mill Forum

Potential Suppliers Attend a Pulp Mill Forum - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Potential pulp mill suppliers had the opportunity today to gain a better understanding of the size and complexity of modern pulp mill developments.

Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said today?s seminar at Country Club Resort in Launceston was the first of a number of seminars planned as part of the State Government?s Pulp Mill Supplier Development Program.

Ms Giddings said the aim of the program was to ensure local businesses are prepared to maximise opportunities generated by the proposed pulp mill.

?Experience of similar projects overseas indicates that more than 60 per cent of the capital expenditure can occur domestically.

?Tasmanian supply opportunities associated with a pulp mill will maximise the economic benefits to Tasmania.

?Since we launched this initiative in May, there has been strong interest from many companies that have indicated a desire to take advantage of the significant level of activity expected to be generated by this project.?

The seminar provided businesses with:

� a briefing on the recent international experiences of the Pulp Mill Task Force

� an explanation of the Pulp Mill Supplier Development Program

� a case study of the successful VISY Tumut Kraft mill in New South Wales ? presented by one of the contractors

� technical aspects of the proposed Bell Bay project from Gunns Limited and international consultants Jakko Poyry.

Ms Giddings said the seminars also provided the opportunity for Tasmanian businesses to network with other enterprises.

?This creates the possibility of business joining together to offer the larger contractors enhanced capability with a Tasmanian base.

?The Pulp Mill Supplier Development Program will provide assistance for developing business cases, transferring technology, training, improving business capability and supporting new capital investment to Tasmania.

?This program is intended to send a clear signal that Tasmania is committed to creating and exploiting new business opportunities.?


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