One of the nation’s largest gas producers and an energy supplier have won the primary tender for part of a $207 million resources development in Western Australia’s Midwest region.
Woodside Energy and EDL have jointly won the construction contract for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) power station at Strandline Resources’ Coburn Mineral Sands Project, 240km north of Geraldton.
The agreement tasks the Woodside-EDL Joint Venture with developing what is billed to be the world’s first trucked LNG to hybrid renewable microgrid project.
This includes a 27 megawatt integrated trucked LNG storage and power station facility, solar and battery technology as well as gas and diesel back-up generators.
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Ready to start
A definitive feasibility study was published back in April and the project has already secured environmental, native title and mining approvals.
Construction is expected to begin as soon as project financing and a 15-year power purchase agreement is finalised. The Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility is expected to provide some debt funding. None of the jobs are advertised yet.
“We are pleased to establish this relationship with Woodside and EDL to provide a turn-key, low-cost fuel supply and generation solution for the Coburn project,” Strandline managing director Luke Graham said in a public statement. “The company looks forward to finalising this agreement as well as other major construction and operations contracts over the coming months.”