Engineering firm Technip Energies has completed the base scope pre-front-end engineering and design (FEED) study on Project Haber, Western Australia.
The Pre-FEED study has delivered a 6 per cent reduction on the expected capital cost compared to the original Technip Energies feasibility report completed in January 2021.
Pre-FEED capital estimates represents a base cost estimate of $US1.64 billion, which includes the engineering, procurement and construction of the Haber plant delivered on site in Narngulu.
The Haber plant incorporates the ammonia, urea and granulation plant technologies as provided by licensor partners; Haldor Topsoe, Saipem and Thyssenkrupp, as well as on-site supporting infrastructure, including the 10MW green hydrogen electrolyser, power generation, ammonia storage tanks, substantial fertiliser storage and offloading, and administration buildings.
Strike will now progress FEED early works scopes, which includes geotechnical and environmental surveys, impact assessments and various other agreements and studies on the water supply, logistics, port, construction camp and raw gas pipeline.
The company expects to conclude the majority of these activities prior to drilling South Erregulla-1 (SE-1) in the fourth quarter.
Upon success at SE-1, Strike will look to formally enter FEED at Project Haber, which is expected to last less than a year and provide sufficient engineering and definition to award an EPC contract to an appropriate contractor at final investment decision (FID).
In addition, Strike has progressed additional engineering by Technip Energies to incorporate Haldor Topsoe’s SynCORTM Autothermal Reforming (ATR) technology for ammonia production. This state-of-the-art technology is reported to have the following production advantages compared to the traditional and widely used steam methane reforming.
The adoption of ATR technology is estimated to also reduce gas feedstock requirements of the plant by 7 per cent from 86 to 80 TJ/d with only 552 PJ now required to underwrite the first 20 years of operations.
Technip Energies and Haldor Topsoe, have undertaken additional studies in order to incorporate the low carbon SynCORTM technology with the ability to maximise the amount of green hydrogen consumed by Project Haber’s urea manufacturing process.
Chief executive officer and managing director Stuart Nicholls said using the best technology available, Strike is aiming to manufacture a globally unique and modern fertiliser in one of the country’s major agricultural heartlands.
“Through the application of this technology, Strike expects to be able to pass on substantial carbon savings to Australia’s farmers whilst also delivering shelter from global gas shortages and international shipping costs,” he said.
“Progression of key engineering deliverables in parallel with developments in Haber’s offtake negotiations continues to materially de-risk the project on the path to a FID.”