Calls to progress nuclear energy in SA

Calls to progress nuclear energy and further develop South Australian gas projects are included on a wish list from the state’s resources sector.

In a submission to the state government ahead of June’s state budget, the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy has also listed a number of key development projects to boost economic growth.

SACOME chief executive Rebecca Knol said the budget should include funding commitments that encourage growth in the resources sector to create more jobs and wealth for South Australians.

“The resources sector has underpinned the state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, is leading the economic recovery and stands ready to deliver economic growth in line with state targets,” she said.

“The sector is unequivocally the powerhouse of the state’s economy.”

Wishlist projects include a water security initiative in the far north, regional road maintenance and upgrading the Whyalla to Port Augusta highway to dual carriageway.

The chamber also called for the development of a resources sector economic heat map to identify and prioritise investment opportunities and for the government to clearly define its energy transition plans, including the future of nuclear energy.

It said the government should progress the development of a nuclear industry and to help further diversify the state economy.

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