08/03/2022 - 10:06

Perdaman seeks development approval for Burrup urea

08/03/2022 - 10:06

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Plans for Perdaman Group’s 2 million tonne urea plant on the Burrup Peninsula have been recommended for approval at a development assessment meeting next week.

Perdaman seeks development approval for Burrup urea
Vikas Rambal is chair of Perdaman.

Plans for Perdaman Group’s 2 million tonne urea plant on the Burrup Peninsula have been recommended for approval at a development assessment meeting next week.

Documents prepared by Cardno and lodged for approval show the engineering, procurement and construction work will cost $2.4 billion, with 2,000 jobs to be created during the build.

Business News undertstands the total capital expenditure expected is still to be $4.3 billion, as previously reported.

It comes a month after Business News revealed that Vikas Rambal-led Perdaman had approval from the Minister for Environment for the project.

In June 2020, Perdaman picked Clough and Saipem as engineering, procurement and construction contractors.

The Regional Joint Development Assessment Panel will run the rule over Perdaman’s plans on 15 March, with the City of Karratha recommending approval with conditions.

The development will include two urea trains, ammonia production and storage facilities and a 100 megawatt gas power plant.

Perdaman has a 20 year contract with Woodside Petroleum to buy domestic gas from the Scarborough to Pluto Train 2 development; while Incitec Pivot will buy the urea.

But there will be more work to do before Perdaman can begin building the project.

The company still needs to negotiate with Water Corporation for servicing and treatment of water at the plant, and Horizon Power to relocate some infrastructure.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said it did not support the development application.

“The proposal is intensifying land use in a bushfire prone area with only one point of access and egress,” the department said in its submission. 

“Due to the size of this project and the buildings contained on this allotment (some of which appear to exceed 500 square metres total floor area), plans for these works will need to be submitted to DFES Built Environment Branch for assessment.”

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