Shotts Industrial Park
The Shotts Industrial Park, which is located about seven kilometres east of Collie's town centre, is set to become the region's newest industrial estate.
First identified as a suitable area to establish coal-related industries in the late 1990s, the park itself was proposed in 2001.
The Western Australian Government endorsed the business case for the park in February 2009, and one month later approval was announced for the development of land at the former Shotts townsite.
The announcement cleared the way for Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers to begin planning for the construction of a proposed US$3.5billion urea project at the site.
At the time of the announcement, it was proposed that Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers would use about 140ha of the park for its proposed coal gas to urea plant, leaving almost 100ha for other coal-related industries.
The 235ha park comprises Government-owned land and has power, roads and rail infrastructure. Its strategic location near the Collie coal mines means it is suitable for companies searching for a site to set up coal or power related operations.
The Shotts Industrial Park is seen as important to the future economic prosperity of Collie and the South West.
The Western Australian Government is committed to developing the estate for industrial purposes.
In April 2011, the State Government announced it would spend $83.5million over four years to secure land and upgrade vital water and road infrastructure necessary to support the Shotts project.
Public funding worth more than $7.2million had already been committed to the Shotts project prior to the announcement of $83.5million in April 2011.
A number of organisations are involved in steering the development of Shotts into a heavy industry park including the South West Development Commission, LandCorp, Shire of Collie, Department of Planning, Department of Environment and Conservation, and Department of State Development.
Work undertaken includes assembling the land for the industrial estate, obtaining local, State and Federal government planning and environmental approvals, and negotiating services and infrastructure access arrangements.
Proposed Collie urea plant - a snapshot
Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers is planning to develop a US$3.5billion urea manufacturing plant at the Shotts Industrial Park.
Using innovative and clean coal gasification technology, the plant will transform sub-bituminous coal into urea.
The Collie urea operation is expected to create around 200 permanent jobs at the plant and more than 1500 temporary jobs during construction.
Project status: On hold
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