Strandline's Coburn power play
Plans to finally develop the world-class Coburn zircon and titanium mineral sands project in Western Australia’s Mid-West region are advancing
6th December 2019
Resources Rising Stars
Plans to finally develop the world-class Coburn zircon and titanium mineral sands project in Western Australia’s Mid-West region are advancing, with proponent Strandline Resources signing an agreement to tap into a “world-first” trucked LNG-to-hybrid renewable microgrid project (reports MiningNews).
Strandline has signed a non-binding proposal with a Woodside Petroleum and EDL joint venture for a 27 megawatt integrated project using gas from the Pluto LNG project to fuel gas generators with diesel back-up, and a solar and battery storage plant.
A similar agreement was mooted earlier in the year between WEJV and Sheffield Resources for the proposed Thunderbird development in the Canning Basin.
For Strandline, the gas will be trucked from Karratha on the North West Shelf to Coburn near Geraldton.
Strandline will seek to formalise a 15-year power purchase agreement with the WEJV over the coming months, as it moves to start construction in 2020.
A definitive feasibility study for Coburn suggested the long-stalled project would generate a pre-tax net present value of A$551 million and revenue of $1.9 billion over the life of the mine.
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