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Resources and the Renewables hedge – Tuesday 14 August

The  French-Australian Chamber of Commerce Queensland Chapter is pleased to invite you to its second Energy & Resources event of the year dedicated to the role of renewables in the future of the Australian resources sector on Tuesday 14 August.

In the Australian market there is often a misconception that Australia (in particular Queensland) needs to decide whether it will be a resource mining nation or a nation which adopts renewable and low carbon energy generation.  However, not only can a renewable energy sector not exist without the resources mined in Australia (iron ore and coking coal for the steel in a wind turbine for example) but the resources sector generally can improve efficiencies, cut costs and in some cases, external project life by adopting renewable and other low carbon energy generation into its operations.

The key role renewables has to play in the Australian resources sector has been identified by numerous private companies such as Rio Tinto and its Weipa Solar Farm, Sandfire Resources, as well as Neoen Australia and the solar plant at the De Grussa copper-gold mine 900 km north of Perth. Public bodies such as ARENA are also backing this relationship, by identifying key areas when renewables can be integrated into resource projects such as opportunities for offsetting diesel and using renewable energy in the refining process.
This event will be the opportunity to discuss how resource companies can hedge themselves by embracing renewable and low carbon energy generation, and how these often opposing sectors are deeply connected (for everyone’s benefit).

The event will include a light buffet breakfast kindly provided by our host and Corporate member, 
McCullough Robertson.


Todd Harrington | Resources Investment Commissioner, Queensland Government

Todd Harrington was appointed Resources Investment Commissioner in May 2016. Todd possesses significant investment, mining, asset development, approval and corporate financing experience. Within the industry Todd worked 15 years for the majors and 5 for the juniors. This includes over 10 years’ experience at the mine operations and projects. He has also held senior industry board or committee positions at AMEC, ACARP, QRC and EMERST.

Bobby Vidakovic  |  Director - Project & Corporate Finance, CEFC

Bobby Vidakovic has a leading role in large-scale wind and structured debt markets platforms at the CEFC. Bobby has worked with sponsors and financiers to support the deployment of renewable projects encompassing wind, solar and battery storage technologies and establishing aggregation funding platforms with Australian lenders. Bobby has extensive investment and financing experience in the renewable energy sector including with previous roles at Babcock & Brown and Infigen Energy. Bobby has also worked in transaction advisory with Ernst & Young and was previously with the Commonwealth Department of Finance.

Thomas Northcott  | Chief Executive Officer, Vecco Group

Tom is the CEO of Vecco Group, a vanadium company he founded in 2012. He has over 10 years’ experience in mining, exploration and infrastructure operations. He comes from a legal and project delivery background having held previous positions as General Counsel for Jellinbah Group, a director of exploration company Rockland Resources, alternate director Queensland Resources Council and lead legal roles on infrastructure projects throughout Australia. He is also currently a director of international oil & gas company, Timor Resources and Austpec Holdings.

John Kettle | Partner McCullough Robertson

John has more than 20 years’ experience in major energy transactional, regulatory, competition and project work. He has a strong understanding of the government sector in the context of energy, especially renewables. John is recognised as a Best Lawyer in Energy in Australia.  John acts for a range of clients including international hedge funds, government and semi-government entities and listed and private companies.  Prior to joining McCullough Robertson in 2013, John had a successful career in Dublin and London.


McCullough Robertson
Central Plaza Two
Level 11/66 Eagle St,
Brisbane City QLD 4000

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Tuesday 14 August
7.15am - 9.00am

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TICKETS  (incl. GST)

Patrons Members: FREE  (4 tickets max)
Young Pro FACCI members: $30
Other FACCI members: $50
Non-members: $80

Dress code: Business attire

Please contact (07) 3076 1512 or qld(@) for further information.



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