Strike Studies West Oz Urea Production
Sydney-listed Strike Energy has completed a one-year feasibility study with engineering firm TechnipFMC on Project Haber, a plan to build a 1.4mn metric ton/year urea manufacturing facility, it said on January 11. The facility will use gas from Strike’s Greater Erregulla development in Western Australia’s (WA) Perth basin as its feedstock.
“Natural gas is a critical input into ammonia and urea production, and access to competitively priced gas from Strike Perth’s basin resources will be a key enabler for the project,” the company said. Project Haber will consume 86 terajoules/day of gas, and up to 628 petajoules over a 20-year timeframe.
Strike has meanwhile been awarded an option for a long-term lease over a 60-hectare site in WA’s Narngulu Industrial Estate. The site is adjacent to the Geraldton Port and has direct access to state rail and road networks. The design of the facility includes an ammonia production train, onsite urea storage, power/utilities and steam generation, rail sidings for transport and a 120-km raw gas pipeline from the Perth basin.
Strike said that the Narngulu location had been chosen due to its proximity to its Perth basin gas fields and access to transport and shipping options. "Whilst the economics are supported by Strike’s high quality, low-cost gas, it is envisaged that over the useful life of the plant an increased amount of green hydrogen would supplant the raw gas input,” it said.