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Throwback Thursday: Top 5 resources sector news of 2019


Posted by Monica Gameng

Throughout 2019, numerous projects in the resources sector have been announced or commenced construction. On this new Throwback Thursday series of posts, we will be looking back on the five most viewed resources sector stories of 2019 on the PlantMiner blog.

1. $1 billion Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project

Background: The Gladstone Energy and Ammonia project is a proposed facility that will include a coal gasification plant, gas processing plant, ammonia processing plant and combined cycle gas power generation plant as well as utilities and ancillary infrastructure. This project is expected to create up to 800 jobs during construction and 200 operational jobs.

Update: The terms of reference for the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been released to market. Read more about it here.

Developer: Australian Future Energy

Location: Gladstone State Development Area in Queensland

Anticipated start of construction: Mid-2020

2. $10 billion Surat Basin Gas Project

Background: The Surat Gas Project is set to become the largest resource project to be built in Queensland in almost a decade. The project includes 14 petroleum leases expected to inject an extra 5,000 petajoules of gas to market for over 27 years. The Surat Gas Project is set to create about 1,000 jobs for the region - 800 during construction and 200 during operations.

Update: The Queensland Government has given the green light to the development of the jobs-creating project. Read more about it here.

Developer: Arrow Energy

Location: Between Dalby and Wandoan, Queensland

Anticipated start of construction: Late 2019

3. $15.3bn Scarborough LNG Project

Background: The Scarborough LNG Project is going to be developed as part of Woodside Petroleum’s Burrup Hub and it will comprise of seven subsea, high-rate gas wells that will be tied back to a semi-submersible floating production unit which is moored in 900 metres of water near the Scarborough field.

Update: Four contracts have been awarded to deliver the projects. Read more about it here.

Developer: Woodside Petroleum

Location: Approximately 375 kilometre west-northwest of the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia

Anticipated start of construction: Following Final Investment Decision in 2020

4. $1 billion Kemerton Lithium Plant Contract Award

Background: The Kemerton lithium project will include the delivery of three production trains which will produce up to 20,000 tonnes per annum of lithium hydroxide. The lithium plant included in the project will process spodumene ore concentrates from the nearby Talison Greenbushes mine.

Update: Civmec has been awarded the contract to build the lithium hydroxide plant. Read more about it here.

Developer: Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd

Location: Approximately 160 kilometres south of Perth in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area

5. $1 billion Kemerton Lithium Project Construction

Background: The new Kemerton plant is being built on an 89-hectare site in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area. This development is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs - 500 during construction and 500 once operational. The State Government will be working closely with Albemarle that work opportunities are maximised for locals in Collie, Bunbury as well as in the South-West and Murray-Wellington areas.

Update: Construction has commenced on the $1 billion Kemerton lithium plant. Read more about it here.

Developer: Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd

Location: Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area

Anticipated completion of project: March 2021

Make sure to stay tuned next week for another Throwback Thursday post.

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Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.