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Map of Australia showing location of Major Projects

Location of projects listed below.
Blue dots represent projects currently holding Major Project Status.
Locations and distances not to scale.

Current Major Project Status projects

The following are projects that currently hold Major Project Status and are being assisted by the MPFA in completing their major Commonwealth approvals. They are shown in the above map as blue dots.

Map legend Project name Project proponent Description1 State / Territory Major Project Status granted Major Project Status expires
1

Ammaroo Phosphate Project

Verdant Minerals

The Ammaroo Phosphate project is a two stage development: Stage 1 involves a phosphate rock and extraction open cut mine at the Ammaroo deposit and a beneficiation and chemical plant complex built on the Ammaroo mining leases. Stage 2 will see the development of a value added processing facility designed to produce granulated fertilisers for use within Australia and for export to targeted markets in Asia.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $3.5 billion and would create approximately 900 construction jobs and 560 ongoing jobs.

Verdant Minerals

NT

26 Oct 2020

26 Oct 2023**

Renewal under assessment

2

Australia Asia Power Link (AAPL)

Sun Cable Pty Ltd

The Australia Asia Power Link (AAPL) Project includes three components, a 10 gigawatt solar farm array built over 12,000 hectares in the Barkly region near Tennant Creek, battery storage facilities in Darwin and Singapore and a high voltage direct current transmission line between the solar farm and the Darwin Harbour. The project would link to Singapore’s electricity grid and have the potential to significantly expand the renewable energy and battery storage industries in Australia.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $30 billion and would create approximately 1,500 construction job and 350 ongoing jobs.

Sun Cable Pty Ltd

NT

14 July 2020

14 Jan 2024**

Renewal under assessment

3 Australian Renewable Energy Hub BP Australia

The Australian Renewable Energy Hub will be a green hydrogen and ammonia production facility. The project includes a 26 gigawatt hybrid wind and solar power plant that will produce at export scale, as well as supply industries in the Pilbara and Broome Region, creating new jobs and supporting economic growth over the next 50 years. 

The project has a projected capital expenditure $53.6 billion and would create approximately 5,000 construction jobs and 3,000 ongoing jobs.

bp Australia

WA

29 September 2020

29 September 2023**

Renewal under assessment

4

Battery Anode Material Facility

EcoGraf Ltd

The Battery Anode Material Facility will be a processing facility located in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area in south-west Western Australia to produce high purity spherical graphite for direct supply to battery anode manufacturers overseas. The Project will be developed in stages, with an ultimate production capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum at full production.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.100 billion and would create approximately 250 construction jobs and 65 ongoing jobs.

EcoGraf Ltd

WA

23 Feb 2021

23 Feb 2024

5 Broken Hill Cobalt Project Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited

The Broken Hill Cobalt Project will produce high purity cobalt sulphate from a large cobalt deposit located near Broken Hill, NSW. The cobalt sulphate will be exported for the use in the manufacture of lithium ion batteries globally. The project will also produce elemental sulphur which is a key ingredient in fertiliser production helping to reduce Australia’s dependence on fertiliser imports.

The Project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.56 billion and will support approximately 450 construction jobs and 410 ongoing jobs.

Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited

NSW 24 Feb 2022 24 Feb 2025
6

Finniss Lithium Project

Core Lithium

The Finniss Lithium Project 25km south-west of Darwin Port, Northern Territory will consist of an open pit and underground lithium deposit, and a dense media separation processing plant. The Project will be the first Lithium plant outside Western Australia and is expected to produce 175,000 tpa of spodumene concentrate over a minimum seven year mine life.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.073 billion and would create approximately 360 construction jobs and 250 ongoing jobs.

Core Lithium

NT

23 Feb 2021

23 Feb 2024**

Renewal under assessment

7

Goschen Zircon and Rare Earth Minerals Project

VHM Limited

The Goschen Zircon and Rare Earth Minerals Project will consist of a mine in Victoria and refinery in South Australia. The project will develop a combination of rare earth oxide products, mixed heavy rare earth carbonate concentrates, and zirconium and titanium minerals.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.85 billion supporting around 500 construction and 300 ongoing jobs.

VHM Limited

VIC

25 Mar 2021

25 Mar 2024

8 Hawsons Iron Project Hawsons Iron Limited 

The Hawsons Iron Limited project will establish a green field magnetite mine near Broken Hill, NSW, to produce high-grade magnetite concentrate for low-emissions steel manufacturing.

This project has received a renewal of Major Project Status (previously March 2018 – March 2021).

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $1.9 billion and will support approximately 1,200 construction jobs, and 500 ongoing jobs over the 20-year operating period. 

Hawsons Iron Limited

 NSW  7 April 2022  7 April 2025
9 High Purity Alumina Project FYI Resources Ltd

The project will develop and operate a processing plant located at Kwinana, Western Australia to produce high-purity alumina for use in growth tech applications. High purity alumina is sought after for its corrosion and scratch resistance and its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. FYI Resources’ Cadoux mine is being developed as part of this project and will provide kaolin feedstock to the processing plant.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.269 billion supporting around 200 construction and 140 ongoing jobs.

FYI Resources

WA

25 May 2021

25 May 2024

10

Ichthys Gas Field Development

INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

The Ichthys Gas Field Development project is commencing its Phase 2 which involves the installation of subsea infrastructure to support the drilling of 30 additional wells, modifications to the Central Processing Facility, Floating Production Storage and Offloading Facility, and onshore processing facilities in Darwin. Phase 1 of the project currently exports 8.9 million tonnes of LNG per-annum.

Phase 2 of the project has a projected capital expenditure of $14.2 billion, and, combined with phase one, is supporting approximately 1,800 jobs per year over the project’s 40 year life.

INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

WA 11 Nov 2021 11 Nov 2024
11 Kalgoorlie Nickel Project Ardea Resources Limited

The Kalgoorlie Nickel Project will mine and process ore into high quality cobalt and nickel Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate for use in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries globally. This will support the production of a range of emerging clean energy technologies, including electric vehicles. The Project is located 75 km north of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder mining centre, within the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $1.165 billion, supporting approximately 1,500 construction jobs per annum during the 3 year construction period and 500 ongoing jobs per annum over the project’s 25 year operational period.

Ardea Resources Limited

WA 16 Mar 2022 16 Mar 2025
12

Kumpupintil Lake Brine and Sulphate of Potash Project

Reward Minerals Ltd

The Kumpupintil Lake Brine and Sulphate of Potash Project involves the construction and operation of a potash mine in Newman, Western Australia. The mine is expected to extract approximately 400,000 tpa of organically certifiable Sulphate of Potash (SOP) through a process of solar evaporation of brine obtained from the playa sediments of Lake Disappointment. SOP is a premium source of potassium fertiliser (also known as potash) used for higher quality agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, grape-vines, potatoes and flowers.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.45 billion, supporting approximately 230 construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs.

Reward Minerals

WA

25 May 2021

25 May 2024

13 Project Haber Strike Energy

Project Haber, located near Geraldton in Western Australia’s Mid-West Region, will produce up to 1.4 million tonnes per annum of urea for use in domestic and international fertiliser production. Natural gas and green hydrogen will be used in the manufacturing process.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $3 billion and would support 1,135 jobs each year during the three-year construction phase and 200 ongoing jobs.

Strike Energy

WA 28 Jan 2022 28 Jan 2025
14  Project Koete 

Fibre Expressway Pty Ltd 

Project Koete will establish three Tier IV data centre platforms in Perth, Dampier and Darwin to support digital connectivity for both industry and community across regional and remote Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and provide safe and scalable back-up data hubs for global multi-national corporations with operations in Asia-Pacific region. The data centres will be connected via an 11,000km subsea telecommunications cable system comprising 16 fibre pairs that will provide domestic connectivity between Perth and Darwin and internationally connectivity (via Darwin) with landings in Jakarta, Singapore and Malaysia and international connectivity between Singapore and the West Coast of America. 

This project has received a renewal of Major Project Status (previously March 2017 – March 2020). The project has a projected capital expenditure of $2.0 billion and will support approximately 3,000 jobs during a five-year construction period, and 1,000 ongoing jobs over the 20-year project life. 

Fibre Expressway Pty Ltd 

 WA/NT  4 April 2022 4 April 2025
15 Seadragon Project Flotation Energy

The Seadragon offshore wind farm is a proposed project by Flotation Energy Pty Ltd to construct an offshore wind farm in Commonwealth waters off the coast of Ninety Mile Beach, which will connect into Victoria’s electricity network. The proposal includes up to 150 wind turbines and a network of subsea cables, with an indicative generation capacity of 1.5 gigawatts.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $6.5 billion and would create approximately 1600 construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs over 35 years.

Flotation Energy

VIC 24 Oct 2023 24 Oct 2026
16 Siviour Integrated Purified Spherical Graphite Manufacturing Facility Renascor Resources Ltd

The Siviour Integrated Purified Spherical Graphite Manufacturing Facility is an integrated graphite and battery anode material operation. The mine and concentrator is located in the Eyre Peninsula and the downstream purified spherical graphite (PSG) manufacturing facility in Port Adelaide. The Project will contribute to the global battery industry and electric vehicle markets.

The Project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.209 billion and will support 100 construction jobs and 190 ongoing jobs.

Renascor Resources Ltd

 SA  8 Sep 2021 8 Sep 2024
17

Small Scale FLNG Vessel Deployment Project

Transborders Energy

The Small Scale Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Vessel Deployment Project will develop a small scale FLNG vessel to enable the commercialisation of discovered but stranded offshore gas resources in Australia and overseas. Upon successful validation of the initial FLNG vessel, Transborders Energy plan to develop multiple vessels that can be used across stranded gas resources.

The vessel will have a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity of approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $4.07 billion and will support approximately 150 construction jobs and 100 ongoing jobs.

Transborders Energy

WA

2 June 2021

2 June 2024

18 Star of the South Offshore Windfarm Star of the South Wind Farm Pty Ltd

The Star of the South Offshore Windfarm project, located off the Gippsland coast of Victoria, aims to be Australia’s first offshore wind project. The project will supply up to 2.2 gigawatts of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market, contributing up to 20 percent of Victoria’s electricity when fully operational.

The project comprises both offshore and onshore assets, including wind turbines, substation and platforms, a network of subsea cables, underground and overhead powerlines, and modified ports.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $8-10 billion and will directly support approximately 2,280 construction jobs and 300 ongoing jobs, along with a significant number of indirect and induced jobs within the Gippsland region.

Star of the South

VIC 14 Nov 2022 14 Nov 2025
19

Sunrise Battery Materials Complex Project

Sunrise Energy Metals Limited

Sunrise Battery Materials Complex Project, located near Parkes in New South Wales, will mine nickel and cobalt to produce high-purity sulphates for the rapidly expanding lithium-ion battery market along with the rare alloying metal, scandium. The project will produce 25,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of nickel and 7000 tpa cobalt as high-purity sulphates for direct supply to battery manufacturers in Asia, Europe and America.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $2.4 billion and will support approximately 1,700 construction jobs and 380 ongoing jobs.

Sunrise Energy Metals Limited

NSW 11 Nov 2021 11 Nov 2024

 

1Projected capital expenditure, construction jobs and ongoing jobs figures provided by project proponents.

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