Perdaman Chemicals & Fertilisers - Enriching the World's crops
Perdaman Chemicals & Fertilisers is developing a US$4 billion urea plant in Karratha, Western Australia. Using local natural gas supplied by Woodside for fertilizer production, Perdaman will develop the plant thanks to innovative and low emissions technologies.
The plant has a 2 million tonnes of urea per annum capacity, and most, if not all of the urea produced at the plant will be exported for global use.
The plant will be a world-scale facility with high operating efficiencies achieved by using proven, best-in-class technologies.
Fertilisers are essential to meet the needs of an expanding global population and its increase demand for food. Of the fertilisers available today, urea is undeniably the most efficient. It is safe, clean, easily transported and economical to manufacture and apply.
Western Australia along with Perdaman is now in an excellent position to help solve the worldwide shortage of fertilizer while adding value to Australia’s existing resources.
The demand for fertilisers continues to increase as arable land diminishes and existing farmland requires enhanced soil enrichment.
Nitrogen is critical to the development and growth of crops and urea has the highest nitrogen content of all available fertilisers. It is estimated that the enhanced yields created from the urea produced at the Karratha Urea plant could help produce crops feeding 80 million people annually.
Perdaman’s urea plant will be located on the Burrup Peninsula, in the Karratha region of Western Australia. The site is ideally located adjacent to gas reserves and within close proximity to key road, power, water and port infrastructure.
The Karratha Urea operation is expected to create around 200 permanent jobs at the plant. These employees and their families will boost the already established community at Karratha, bringing significant economic opportunities to the region.
The global carbon footprint for the plant, taking into consideration the increased crop sizes arising from the application of urea, creates an overall net annual reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.