Clean energy revives old mining town

Arrium's steelworks facilities in Whyalla, South Australia. The town and its steel industry are bouncing back after Mr Sanjeev Gupta sealed a deal to buy Arrium's mines and steelworks. His firm GFG Alliance plans to invest more than A$1 billion to up
Arrium's steelworks facilities in Whyalla, South Australia. The town and its steel industry are bouncing back after Mr Sanjeev Gupta sealed a deal to buy Arrium's mines and steelworks. His firm GFG Alliance plans to invest more than A$1 billion to upgrade the steelworks and improve its capacity by 50 per cent.PHOTO: REUTERS
Arrium's steelworks facilities in Whyalla, South Australia. The town and its steel industry are bouncing back after Mr Sanjeev Gupta sealed a deal to buy Arrium's mines and steelworks. His firm GFG Alliance plans to invest more than A$1 billion to up
BRITISH BILLIONAIRE SANJEEV GUPTA, on the remote town of Whyalla.PHOTO: REUTERS

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For more than a century, the remote town of Whyalla has been the barometer of Australia's mining fortunes - and it is now pointing the way to a cleaner, cheaper future.

The town, in the state of South Australia, was established in 1901 as a "company town" by the resources giant, BHP.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2018, with the headline 'Clean energy revives old mining town'. Print Edition | Subscribe