Generator testing begins for Leigh Creek Urea Project

Aerial shot of construction plant at the Leigh Creek Urea Project site
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Factory Acceptance Testing has commenced on Leigh Creek Energy Limited’s (LCK) Siemens power generators for Stage 1 commercialisation of the Leigh Creek Urea Project (LCUP).

LCK has acquired four new Siemens gas engines from Drivetrain Australia. The four syngas fired power generators have a combined 4.76MW capacity.

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Siemens has progressed with engineering, procurement and fabrication. The Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) are the last step before being released for the voyage to the Leigh Creek Urea Project site.

LCK managing director Phil Staveley said, The power generators have been fabricated as per the schedule and we are excited to be preparing the site in preparation for their arrival and installation. This is a key milestone for LCUP’s project development to build the only fully integrated urea production facility in Australia, positioning us to be the lowest cost sovereign supplier of this critical product for our agricultural sector.”

Stage 1 Commercialisation Milestones LCK’s Stage 1 commercialisation plan includes acquisition and installation of the power generators, acquisition of 3D seismic over Leigh Creek permits, and drilling up to five new syngas-producing wells, ahead of installation of infrastructure construction. Drivetrain Australia will supply and install the Seimens engines for the commencement of syngas production and developing the field for the first urea integrated production facility in Australia.

Once installed, the electricity generators will power site infrastructure, targeting to eliminate the diesel generation and further reduce emissions. It will enable the commissioning of gasifiers as we continue subsurface development.

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The next steps in the LCUP’s Stage 1 Commercial development, are to acquire 3D seismic, drill further monitoring wells and obtain approval for the operation Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The LCUP will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects of its type in Australia, providing long term economic development and employment opportunities for the communities of the Upper Spencer Gulf region, northern Flinders Ranges and South Australia. The LCUP will be the only fully integrated urea production facility in Australia, with all inputs for low carbon urea production onsite.

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