The Western Australian Government has announced the beginning of negotiations for the establishment of a green ammonia plant near Geraldton, to be delivered in partnership with a major South Korean renewable energy consortium.
Progressive Green Solutions, in partnership with Samsung C&T and KOMIPO (Korean Midland Power Co), are proposing to build a plant on two lots, at DevelopmentWA’s Narngulu Industrial Estate.
The facility is expected to produce up to one million tonnes of green ammonia per annum using renewable hydrogen.
It is expected to help support the decarbonisation of power generation assets in South Korea, with first shipments expected in 2027.
The Western Australian Government, through DevelopmentWA, brokered a land use solution to accommodate the project at Narngulu Industrial Estate paving the way for a new renewable energy cluster in Geraldton to complement the planned hydrogen hub at Oakajee.
Located 12km southeast of Geraldton, Narngulu Industrial Estate is an important general industrial precinct for Geraldton and the Midwest region.
Western Australian Minister for Lands, John Carey, said that the State Government is committed to de-constraining land for Western Australia’s renewable energy sector in the Midwest region and across the State to deliver new jobs and diversify the economy.
“The strategic location of Narngulu has attracted local and foreign investors who are looking to utilise its proximity to key industrial areas and transport links including Geraldton’s port,” Mr Carey said.
“Through strategic planning, we’ve been able to attract interest in our regions through making industrial land available to build businesses for the future.
“The work being done by our Government, through the Industrial Lands Authority, ensures we are ready to meet that demand.”
Western Australian Minister for Energy, Bill Johnston, said that Western Australia is perfectly positioned to provide the land, infrastructure and skills required to develop large scale renewable hydrogen and green ammonia projects.
“With its exceptional renewable energy resources, the Midwest is attracting significant global interest and investments from markets such as South Korea, Japan and Europe, seeking to support the decarbonisation of their economies,” Mr Johnston said.
“Projects such as this are also expected to unlock significant local manufacturing and jobs in the Midwest.”
Member for Geraldton, Lara Dalton, said that the interest from international proponents in establishing renewable energy projects in Geraldton validates the renewable potential of the Midwest region and highlights Western Australia’s exciting role assisting with global decarbonisation.
“We look forward to growth in the renewables sector across Western Australia leading towards a better, decarbonised future.”