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Wood to provide engineering services for Strike Energy fertilizer project in Western Australia

| By Mary Bailey

Wood plc (Aberdeen, Scotland), the global consulting and engineering company, has been appointed as owner’s engineer for the delivery of Project Haber, Strike Energy’s $3-billion, 1.4 million ton-yr urea fertilizer production facility to be built in Western Australia.

This state-of-the-art low-carbon fertilizer plant will reduce Australia’s carbon footprint in the agricultural industry. Project Haber will have the unique ability to use hydrogen from a 10-MW onsite electrolyzer in addition to large scale behind the meter wind and solar generation in partnership with Strike’s vertically integrated low-cost Perth Basin gas resources, creating the potential to generate the world’s lowest carbon fertilizer and reducing Australia’s reliance on imports.

As owner’s engineer, Wood will provide technical and engineering oversight services for the duration of the project to monitor and assess the work in progress, ensuring the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor delivers work consistent with the project’s requirements.

Azad Hessamodini, Executive President of Wood Consulting said: “This win demonstrates Wood’s ability to be leaders in decarbonization and the energy transition. We are excited to be working with Strike Energy on an innovative project that is very closely tied to Australia’s economy and the country’s transition to a low-carbon future.”

Stuart Nicholls, Managing Director and CEO, Strike Energy added: “Wood is recognized as an industry leader in energy and decarbonization, and we are delighted to have them play such a key role in the successful execution of this project. Their expertise will be invaluable as we deliver on our strategy to help supply low-cost, low-carbon energy to Western Australia, and support the competitiveness of Australia’s agricultural industry by building sovereign capability in the manufacturing of globally competitive low carbon nitrogen fertilizer.”

The Strike fertilizer plant has signed up Koch Industries as its primary offtaker and will look to meet the local demand of the Western Australia wheat belt and, as it is located near the Geraldton port, will be strategically positioned to meet export demands for product throughout the 20-to-30-year life cycle of the plant.