Strike Energy Limited’s Project Haber involves a proposed 1.4 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) urea fertiliser production facility to be built near Geraldton in Western Australia’s Mid West Region.
Recently, the Pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) scope of work commenced at the Project Haber site to further refine the capital cost estimate for the plant, which currently sits at US$1.74 billion.
Chemical process engineering works will also be included in order to maximise the amount of inherent carbon consumed from the natural gas via the manufacturing process.
Furthermore, studies have commenced at Project Haber to maximise the amount of green hydrogen inputs into the project’s urea manufacturing process. Strike already plans to provide 2 per cent of the hydrogen input via its own 10-megawatt electrolysis unit that would be powered by Strike’s potential geothermal resources in the Perth Basin.
Strike will soon start the environmental approvals and planning process which will be a key pre-FID long lead activity.
Strike has completed transportation and logistics studies that support Projects Haber’s positioning as not only Western Australia’s lowest-cost source of urea fertiliser but also South Eastern Australia’s. Shipping advantages when compared to the main international competitors’ range between A$5-25/t for deliveries from Geraldton to South Australia and Victoria.
Strike is in discussions with the Mid West Port Authority with regards to securing its berth and Port Access Agreement for East Coast and international deliveries.
Strike’s urea offtake process has been met with ‘overwhelming support’ from both Australian and international buyers. Current expressions for long term offtake vary between 3 to 10 years and exceeds Project Haber’s proposed 1.4 Mtpa supply. More than 12 buyers have participated in the process to date, with further expressions of interest currently being received.