Strike Energy has provided an update on Project Haber, Strike’s proposed 1.4 mtpa urea development based in Geraldton in Western Australia.
Green hydrogen industry acceleration
Strike is looking to establish itself as a domestic leader in hydrogen market development as it works to integrate green hydrogen at Project Haber, initially via its own dedicated on-site 10MW electrolyser. Once operational Strike will produce 1,825 tpa of green hydrogen, or around ~2% of the total hydrogen feedstock of the plant. These hydrogen supplies combined with Strike’s lower carbon natural gas from the Greater Erregulla region will produce what is projected to be some of the lowest carbon urea fertiliser available in the market.
Over time, Strike will look to increase the green hydrogen feedstock of the plant with other sources of green hydrogen from developers and suppliers in the Mid-West region. In pursuit of this and to further lower the carbon intensity of Project Haber’s urea production, Strike has entered into a separate non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with each of ATCO and Infinite Blue Energy (IBE) for collaboration on Mid-West infrastructure and importantly, green hydrogen offtake.
These agreements will facilitate alignment between the parties on the key infrastructure priorities for the Mid-West region and to petition for their development with the WA government, who is a major supporter of the State’s aspiring hydrogen economy. The development of these key pieces of infrastructure (power transmission, desalinated water, pipeline corridors etc) also has the potential to improve the scale and speed of other projects in the region as the WA hydrogen economy looks to grow.
Project Haber is positioned to be at the centre of this growth with the potential to be the biggest industrial manufacturing opportunity for domestic green hydrogen in the country, via being a ready buyer and consumer for green hydrogen offtake.
Project Haber to transition into a carbon sink
At the upper limits based on engineering from Technip Energies, Project Haber could displace approximately 139 kilo tonnes per annum (ktpa) or 390 tonnes per day (tpd) of methane linked hydrogen with green hydrogen sourced from the Mid-West.
Once Project Haber exceeds 40% of green hydrogen in its hydrogen feedstock mix the plant will be required to start importing carbon dioxide in order to continue manufacturing urea fertiliser. This creates an exciting opportunity for Project Haber to import approximately 500 ktpa of CO2 from neighbouring carbon intensive and hard to abate heavy industry, therefore, acting as a sink to productively utilise third party industrial emissions.
CEO & Managing Director, Stuart Nicholls said:
'Project Haber continues to progress as the economics, carbon and collective benefits combine to make a compelling and beneficial investment for Strike, WA and Australia’s agricultural and farming communities.
'Progression of these MOUs with two of the key green hydrogen developers in the Mid-West is a great step in accelerating the WA hydrogen economy.
'Incorporating green hydrogen in Project Haber’s urea production process will enable Strike to produce some of the lowest carbon urea possible and potentially create one of Australia’s largest carbon sinks, moving Strike into carbon negative territory.'