Exciting projects bring diversity
At a business breakfast last week, some exciting new developments across our city were announced, which will provide many new jobs and some welcome diversification of local business.
Australia’s only mercury treatment plant will be built at the Gap Ridge Industrial Estate and will provide best-in-class mercury management and chemical decontamination services across Australasia.
REFAP Laundry Services will open its premises in the Karratha Industrial Estate soon to provide commercial laundering for camps, hotels and similar large facilities.
It will also have a dry-cleaning service with an outlet in the Karratha Village shopping centre.
Yara Pilbara’s Renewable Hydrogen Pilot Project is in the design stage and will be on Yara’s Burrup site.
It will generate 2500kW of solar power to produce more than 200kg/d of renewable hydrogen through electrolysis of water for subsequent ammonia production.
Artemis Resources has bought the Radio Hill copper mine and plant for re-starting and also has a new gold discovery south of town called Purdy’s Reward.
Its Carlow Castle prospect, near Roebourne, is a cobalt, copper, nickel and gold deposit.
Artemis is planning extensive drilling programs to define both these deposits further.
Woodside announced last week it is planning its Pluto Burrup Hub as a key part of future gas development and processing, to allow for production acceleration, use of unallocated gas in both the Carnarvon and Browse Basins, and road or ship export of LNG.
Woodside has also approved the Greater Enfield Project’s development, targeting first oil in mid-2019.
Quadrant Energy drilled seven wells last year and has made discoveries in the Phoenix, Phoenix South and Roc fields near Hedland and Karratha.
Roc-2 could supply as much as 10 per cent of WA’s domestic daily gas use if pumping at full throttle.
And, of course, we have the exciting $5.6B BBI/Flinders Mines iron ore project, which now has received all approvals and recently its State Agreement went through Cabinet.
Construction is planned to start early next year.
Daniel Harding captured this storm cloud brewing over the hills from the Karratha Automotive Group’s car yard in town.
The Yara TAN Plant on the Burrup Peninsula.