Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project

Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd (“AFE”) is proposing the development of the Gladstone Energy and Ammonia Project (“GEAP”), which will provide for the annual production of :

  • Approx. 330,000 tonnes of ammonia product;
  • Approx. 8 PJ of pipeline quality gas; and
  • Approx. 25 MW (net) of electrical power.

AFE will use low quality coal as the main feedstock to an SES Gasification Technology coal gasification facility to generate synthesis gas. The plant will then convert the syngas to produce ammonia and pipeline quality gas, using conventional state of the art technology.

Waste fuel gases will be combusted to generate heat energy in a Gas Turbine Generator (GTG) to generate Electrical Power. The process waste heat will be used to produce steam required for the plant process and a Steam Turbine Generator (STG) along with the GTG as part of a combined cycle power generation plant.

Coal is to be sourced from current operating coal mines in Central Queensland. There is more than sufficient coal in the region to allow for operation of the Coal Gasification Facility, Power Plant, SNG and Ammonia plant for more than 40 years.

Project water requirements estimated at approximately 1.0GL/annum will be sourced from the Gladstone Area Water Board.

The project is currently sized to convert 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of coal to produce 330,000 tonnes per annum (~1,000 tonnes per day) of ammonia and app 8 PJ of Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG).

The project is expected to be operational in early 2022.

This product mix is based on the existing market demand.

Excess syngas will be utilised with waste heat from the ammonia production process to drive a combined cycle gas power plant to produce a total of approximately 96 MW, which will not only self-contain the Project’s electricity requirement but offer up to 25 MW to neighbouring industrial plants and/or the central Queensland electricity grid.

The Project (including all associated infrastructure such as coal conveyer, electricity, gas pipeline) is proposed to be built within the Gladstone State Development Area (“GSDA”).

There are a number of existing large industrial developments surrounding the site which include; Cement Australia’s Fisherman Landing Plant to the north-east, Queensland Energy Resources to the north, Fisherman’s Landing port facility to north-east and Northern Oil Refinery to the south.

GSDA is also home to:

  • Orica chemical manufacturing complex.
  • Cleanaway Waste Management (including recycling facility).
  • Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG).
  • Santos Gladstone LNG (GLNG).
  • Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG).

Declared in 1993, the GSDA located north-west of the city of Gladstone contains a defined area of land dedicated for industrial development and materials transportation infrastructure, given its strategic connectivity to road and rail infrastructure and the port of Gladstone, and position away from incompatible land uses, including significant residential areas. Development on land within the GSDA is regulated by the Coordinator-General and is located outside the State’s Strategic Cropping Land areas


The Initial Advice Statement (“IAS”) was lodged with the Queensland Co-Ordinator General on 31 August 2018.

The Project is expected to be operational, with first ammonia and gas production, in late 2021 / early 2022.