Clive Palmer says the Queensland Nickel refinery is
Clive Palmer says the Queensland Nickel refinery is "projected" to reopen in July. Zach Hogg

Palmer makes demands for Qld Nickel's survival

FEDERAL Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer has made five demands he says must be met to reopen his Queensland Nickel later this year.

While the Townsville refinery looks set to be closed until after July, leaving 550 workers without jobs, Queensland Nickel Sales wrote to the Queensland Government with the following requirements for its survival:

  • That QNS obtain the relevant government approvals.
  • The administrators return assets, including cash.
  • That the QNS financier be able to be convinced "attacks on refinery management" would cease and that the Queensland government was "supportive of refinery operations continuing".
  • That the personnel required to run the refinery were identified and their willingness to return to work ascertained.
  • That a training plan be developed so personnel meet relevant workplace health and safety and environmental compliance requirements.

Queensland Nickel Sales was set up last week to wrest control of the refinery from administrators.