A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Woodside and Perdaman will pave the way for more gas processing in the Pilbara.
The MOU ensures the supply by Woodside of gas to the proposed Perdaman Urea plant on the Burrup Peninsular in Karratha for a period of 20 to 25 years.
Perdaman’s planned Urea Plant will have a capacity of 2 million tonnes per annum and is estimated to cost US$3.3bn to build. Perdaman has estimated the new plant will create up to 2,000 jobs during construction and 200 ongoing jobs.
Perdaman Managing Director, Vikas Rambal said that the dream of building a world class Urea plant in Western Australia is one step closer with the strategic partnership with Woodside.
“Perdaman view the development of downstream industries using the State’s gas resources as important to the ongoing creation of jobs, development of regional communities and positioning our State as a key supplier into the growth corridor of the world through Asia”.
Woodside CEO, Peter Coleman said they are pleased to support the development of the Perdaman Urea project in the Pilbara Region.
“It will create jobs and drive economic activity in the region and Western Australia.” said Mr Coleman.
Key highlights of the project include:
- The project will create in excess of 2,000 direct jobs during the 3-year construction phase and have a permanent staff of 200 to operate the plant on a non-fifo basis in Karratha
- The plant will be Australia’s first urea export project supplying growing Asia Pacific demand
- The project where possible will invest in the employment of local workforce
- Perdaman has invested US$175m into the feasibility study to date