Agribusiness & Food

Urea fertiliser project named major project

BGC Contracting has secured a bulk earthworks and roads contract at Fortescue Metals Group’s Eliwana iron ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Strike Energy has been granted Major Project Status for Project Haber, its $3 billion urea manufacturing facility in the Narngulu Industrial Area, Western Australia.

The project aims to produce up to 1.4 million tonnes per annum of urea from clean hydrogen and natural gas.

Urea is the most used solid nitrogen fertiliser, and Australia is almost completely dependent on imports of urea to support the nation’s agricultural sector.

Strike Energy is developing Project Haber to provide lower cost, lower carbon emissions fertiliser to Australian farmers.

Projects awarded Major Project Status have access to extra support from the Major Projects Facilitation Agency, including being provided with a single entry point for Australian Government approvals, project support and coordination.

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Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said the project was estimated to support 1135 full-time jobs each year during the three-year construction phase and 300 full-time jobs per year over its 30-year life.

“Strike Energy’s project has enormous potential for job creation and emissions reduction through embracing new technologies and onshore manufacturing,” Taylor said.

“The facility has the potential to deliver significant emissions reduction to Australia’s urea manufacturing sector through the use of advanced ammonia and gas processing technology, as well as dedicated clean hydrogen.

“It also aims to reduce the reliance of Australian farmers on international supply chains to enhance our food security, given more than 90 per cent of urea is currently imported.”

Resources and Water Minister Keith Pitt said Strike Energy intended to also establish a regional skills centre for downstream manufacturing to train locals in operations and maintenance.

“This is a great step forward in skilling up people for jobs in regional areas,” Pitt said.

“I look forward to watching this development energise this region throughout the supply chain, as well as in the local manufacturing and farming sectors.”

Member for Durack Melissa Price said the project would create hundreds jobs in the Mid-West region for up to 30 years.

“This investment is about backing local jobs and creating career opportunities to support this part of regional WA for decades to come,” Price said.

Strike Energy Managing Director Stuart Nicholls welcomed the Australian Government’s support for Project Haber.

“Australia has one of the world’s greatest endowments of natural resources, whether that is gas, wind, solar or geothermal energy. At Strike we believe we should maximise the benefit of those resources for the nation by adding value to them here,” Nicholls said.

“By re-domesticating urea manufacturing in WA’s Mid West, Strike’s Project Haber will create regional jobs, incubate WA’s hydrogen economy whilst making our agriculture sector more competitive and carbon efficient.”

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