- Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to invest $255 million in infrastructure supporting the proposed $4.3 billion Perdaman Urea Project
- NAIF loans secured for the Pilbara Ports Authority and Water Corporation
- Project estimated to create around 2,500 jobs in construction and 200 ongoing operational jobs
The Western Australian Government has welcomed Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility's (NAIF) decision to invest $255 million in upgrades to common-user infrastructure that will support the proposed $4.3 billion Perdaman Urea Project.
The project, located 20 kilometres north-west of Karratha, will convert Western Australian liquefied natural gas into about two million tonnes of urea per year. Urea is a widely used form of fertiliser for food production.
It is estimated the Perdaman project will create around 2,500 jobs during construction and 200 operational jobs.
The two loans are the first NAIF investments into WA Government entities and include:
$160 million to the Pilbara Ports Authority for a new multi-user wharf and facilities at the Port of Dampier; and
$95 million to the Water Corporation for the expansion of the Burrup seawater supply and brine disposal scheme that will connect to the Perdaman Urea Plant once built
The NAIF loans build on WA Government support for the project, which has provided $47.6 million for road relocation costs, the detailed design of a new Dampier Cargo Wharf and upgrades to seawater supply infrastructure.
Any WA Government financial contribution is subject to a number of conditions, including the project reaching financial close and all statutory and regulatory approvals being met.
Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook:
"Recent international supply chain issues have highlighted just how important urea is to industry sectors such as agriculture and transport.
"Western Australia has the potential to supply these sectors with the urea they need.
"As the first new gas manufacturing project in the Pilbara for more than a decade, the Perdaman Urea Project will play a role in helping diversify Western Australia's economy and create local jobs."
Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The development of a new multi-user wharf at the Port of Dampier will maximise the use of this important piece of infrastructure by facilitating the Perdaman Urea Project, as well as accommodating bulk carriers, cruise ships, and general cargo vessels.
"This investment in the new wharf will also encourage trade diversification by opening up access to worldwide markets for urea from the Perdaman Project."
Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:
"The WA Government has committed to upgrading the common-user infrastructure needed to support the Perdaman Urea Project.
"With additional financial support from the WA Government, the Water Corporation will use the $95 million NAIF loan to expand the Burrup seawater supply and brine disposal scheme, which will also service the operation of the Perdaman Urea Plant."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The Perdaman Urea Project is a great development for the Pilbara, particularly as it will deliver around 200 locally-based, ongoing quality jobs - strengthening the region's economy into the future.
"We have backed this project also because it develops our manufacturing capabilities and because of its commitment to working closely with Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation."
State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister's office - 6552 6500
Ports Minister's office - 6552 5500
Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200