Western Australia to see a $ 2 billion urea production facility in a global shortage


Western Australia (WA) will host two separate $ 1 billion urea production projects that will break Australia’s dependence on imports in the midst of global supply chain turmoil.

Australia relies almost entirely on urea imports to maintain the agriculture and truck industry, the ingredients used in fertilizer production and the major AdBlue needed on trucks to limit emissions. It is an ingredient.

Concerns arose when China, the world’s largest producer, banned urea exports to prioritize domestic fertilizer supply, and Australia was usually a ground fleet of trucks responsible for transporting food, fuel and other commodities. Was exposed to the risk of having.

The Australian Government has approved Project Haber of Strike Energy Limited, a $ 3 billion facility in the Narngulu Industrial Zone near Geraldton, Western Australia.

Energy and Emissions Minister Angus Taylor said the project will produce about 1.4 million tonnes of urea each year from hydrogen and natural gas in a more environmentally friendly way.

“This facility has the potential to significantly reduce emissions to Australia’s urea manufacturing sector by using advanced ammonia and gas treatment technology and dedicated clean hydrogen,” Taylor said. Said..

“Given that more than 90% of urea is currently imported, it also aims to reduce Australian farmers’ reliance on the international supply chain and enhance food security.”

Australian Energy Minister Angus Taylor
Australian Energy Minister Angus Taylor will speak at the House of Representatives of the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia, on July 4, 2019, during question time. (Tracey Nearmy / Getty Images)

The Government of Western Australia also welcomed a $ 255 million investment in the second facility, the $ 4.3 billion Perdaman urea project. The project uses gas to produce approximately 2 million tonnes of urea annually.

“Recent international supply chain issues have highlighted how important urea is to the industrial sector, such as agriculture and transportation.” Said Roger Cook, Minister of Development, Employment and Trade in Western Australia.

“Western Australia may supply the urea needed for these sectors.”

Australia has recently seen a surge in calls for the manufacturing industry to return to the country as supply chain disruptions are squeezing the supply of many foreign-sourced products.

The global supply crisis has affected Australia and other parts of the world caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the blockade of China’s key regions to implement the Communist government’s Zero-COVID policy. rice field.

One of Australia’s ambitions is the Gigafactory, which manufactures batteries, and has been approved as the country’s first pilot battery manufacturing plant in the Hunter Region of New South Wales.

National opposition leader Anthony Albanese will also produce in Australia medical devices such as test equipment, masks, PPEs and ventilators to avoid a shortage of critical medicines if the Labor Party government is elected. I promised to give priority. The Labor Party government in Victoria has already promised to support locally manufactured rapid antigen testing.

However, despite being one of the world’s top adopters of solar, wind and battery technology, Australia has virtually no unique manufacturing capacity and 90% of Australia’s solar panels come from China. Yes, there is growing concern from Australia. The Human Rights Commission has given China a violation of human rights.

Daniel Kumerev

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Daniel Khmelev is a Perth-based Australian reporter working on energy, technology and politics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics and computer science. Contact him at [email protected]