Major project status gives Strike access to the Major Projects Facilitation Agency for approvals, project support and coordination.
The project will produce up to 1.4 million tpy of urea from clean hydrogen and natural gas. Australia is almost completely dependent on imports of urea to support the nation’s agricultural sector.
Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction 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,” Minister 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 green 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.”
Strike's Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Stuart Nicholls, said: “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.
“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.”
Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/project-news/02022022/strike-energys-urea-fertilizer-project-given-major-project-status/