Pilbara Ports Authority & WA Water Corporation

NAIF Loans: Pilbara Ports Authority $160m (Port of Dampier wharf and facilities) and Western Australia Water Corporation $95m (Burrup seawater supply and brine disposal scheme expansion).

About the Projects

NAIF has committed $255 million for critical infrastructure supporting the Perdaman Urea Project in Western Australia. The project located 20 kilometres north-west of Karratha will convert Australian gas into approximately two million tonnes of urea per year.

The NAIF commitment is being delivered through two separate loans:

  • $160 million to the Pilbara Ports Authority for a new multi-user wharf and facilities at the Port of Dampier to facilitate exports, and
  • $95 million to the Western Australia Water Corporation for the expansion of the Burrup seawater supply and brine disposal scheme that will also service the operation of the Perdaman Urea Plant.

The Perdaman Urea Plant is considered transformational for Western Australia, having been awarded Major Project Status by both the Australian and Western Australian governments.

Economic Impact

The projects will support the diversification of the Pilbara economy through developing domestic manufacturing.

The Perdaman plant is expected to provide an $8.5 billion public benefit to northern Australia. The projects are forecast to support 2,490 construction and operations jobs.

 

Indigenous Engagement

Both the Western Australia Water Corporation and Pilbara Ports Authority have made commitments under their Indigenous Engagement Strategies regarding Indigenous participation, employment and procurement (notably during construction), and will look to continue to build on their current Indigenous engagement initiatives throughout the operational phase including working closely with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to ensure cultural heritage management is managed appropriately, and build each of their Indigenous workforces, and support local Indigenous community events and local Indigenous businesses.

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