Ex­cit­ing projects bring di­ver­sity

Pilbara News - - News - Pe­ter Long Pe­ter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

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.

PIL­BARA PIC­TURE

Daniel Harding cap­tured this storm cloud brewing over the hills from the Kar­ratha Au­to­mo­tive Group’s car yard in town.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The Yara TAN Plant on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

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