Leigh Creek Energy’s first stage of commercialization of urea project underway with power generator tests
The first stage of commercialization of Leigh Creek Energy’s (ASX:LCK) namesake urea project in South Australia is underway, with factory acceptance testing commencing on Siemens power generators.
The company has acquired four new syngas engines from Siemens from Drivetrain Australia, which will have a combined capacity of 4.76 MW.
Leigh Creek selected the generators based on their ability to run efficiently on the project’s syngas.
Siemens is currently completing factory acceptance testing on the new generators, the final step required before transport to the Leigh Creek project site.
“The generator sets have been manufactured on schedule and we are excited to prepare the site for their arrival and installation,” said Leigh Creek General Manager Phil Staveley.
“This is a key milestone for the development of the Leigh Creek Urea Project to build Australia’s only fully integrated urea production facility – positioning us to be the lowest cost sovereign supplier of this product. essential for our agricultural sector.”
First stage of marketing
The first stage of commercialization of the Leigh Creek urea project includes the acquisition and installation of the electrical generators, as well as obtaining 3D seismic on the project permits.
It will also include the drilling of up to five new syngas production wells, followed by the installation and construction of the necessary infrastructure.
Drivetrain will install the power generators to begin syngas production and develop the field for Australia’s first integrated urea production facility.
Carbon neutral status
The commercialization of the first stage follows Leigh Creek which obtained the project’s carbon neutral status earlier this month.
The achievement of carbon neutral status comes eight years ahead of schedule and makes the project the first large-scale fertilizer project in the world to achieve this title.
Mr Staveley said achieving carbon neutral status was made possible through the company’s participation in carbon offset projects.
Leigh Creek’s strategy is to provide an essential national source of urea from Australia’s only fully integrated facility based on “innovative technology” of syngas production, ammonia synthesis and urea, on-site gas-fired electricity and renewable energy, as well as on-site carbon capture and storage.