Strike's Western Australia urea project enters pre-Feed
Sydney-listed Strike Energy on April 9 announced the start of the pre-Feed on its Project Haber urea fertiliser facility in Geraldton, Western Australia. The facility will use gas from Strike’s Greater Erregulla development in the Perth basin as its feedstock.
“Technip Energies who completed the feasibility studies on Project Haber have commenced the pre-Feed scope of work to further refine the capital cost estimate for the plant which currently sits at US$1.74bn,” Strike said.
Technip Energies has included in their scope chemical process engineering works in order to maximise the amount of inherent carbon consumed from the natural gas via the manufacturing process. Strike said it has also engaged with JBS&G Strategen to start the environmental approvals and planning process which will be a key pre-FID long lead activity.
Meanwhile, the company's urea offtake process has been met with “overwhelming support” from both Australian and international buyers, it said. Current expressions for long-term offtake varying between 3 to 10 years exceed Project Haber’s proposed 1.4mn metric tons/year supply, it said, adding more than 12 buyers have participated in the process to date with further expressions of interest currently being received.
Technip Energies has also started studies to maximise the amount of green hydrogen inputs into Project Haber’s urea manufacturing process. Strike said it plans to provide 2% of the hydrogen input via its own 10MW electrolysis unit that would be powered by its potential geothermal resources in the Perth basin.