21/12/2021 - 15:58

Coogee plans $40m plant expansion

21/12/2021 - 15:58

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Chemicals manufacturer Coogee is planning a $40 million expansion of its chlor-alkali plant south of Perth, in a bid to more than double production at the Kemerton site.

Coogee plans $40m plant expansion
Coogee Chemicals plans to expand its Kemerton plant as to about the size of its Kwinana plant, pictured. Photo: Coogee Chemicals.

Chemicals manufacturer Coogee is planning a $40 million expansion of its chlor-alkali plant south of Perth, in a bid to more than double production at the Kemerton site.

The chemical manufacturer wants to increase capacity at its Kemerton chlor-alkali plant by 60 metric tonnes per day, up from 55 metric tonnes per day.

This will put the Marriott Road facility, 25 kilometres south west of Harvey, on par with Coogee’s other plants in Kwinana and Queensland.

The Shire of Harvey has recommended the proposal be approved by a Joint Development Assessment Panel, on the condition it minimises its impact to the surrounding area.

The facility is within the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area and 1km south of Abermarle’s lithium plant, currently under construction. 

The plant was built in 1987 to service the adjacent Tronox titanium dioxide manufacturing plant and produces chlorine for Tronox.

The plant’s owners Tronox Pigment Bunbury Ltd and Development WA submitted a development application to the Shire of Harvey on Coogee’s behalf.

The development application was under the name of Coogee Chemicals, which Coogee formerly traded as. 

The proposal includes a plan to expand its chlorine plant by including a new electrolysis system, new brine purification system, a new cell room and associated systems, and a new chlorine gas export system.

The expansion will require 4.73ha of native vegetation to be cleared, which will require a Department of Water and Environmental Regulation permit.

The Shire of Harvey said the proposal did not present any issues in relation to height or visibility to the public and conformed with the local structure plan.

It is also subject to works approval from DWER.

Coogee is Australia’s second largest manufacturer of chlori-alkali products, with plants in Kwinana, Wellesley and Lytton in Queensland.

The Kwinana-based company, which specialises in chemical manufacturing, bulk liquid storage and transporting dangerous goods, also operates a titanium alloy powder plant and alumina and sulphur facility in Kwinana.

Former peak chemistry body Chemicals Australia director Tim Martin is Coogee’s executive chairman and former Fletcher Building general manager Dr Grant Lukey is chief executive.

The Regional JDAP will meet on January 5 to determine the proposal.  

 

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