WESTERN Australia’s Industrial Lands Panel has approved allocations of land for seven projects in the Boodarie and Ashburton North strategic industrial areas (SIAs).

The government said the proposed capital expenditure of the seven companies receiving land allocation approval is collectively valued at $70 billion.

Land allocation approval is a step in the transformation of the Boodarie and Ashburton North SIAs into multi-product industrial precincts.

The Ashburton North SIA land allocations focus on the production of ammonia and methanol. They are 12 kilometres south of the Onslow town site in the Shire of Ashburton.

Proponents allocated land in the Ashburton SIA are Equus Energy (a subsidiary of Western Gas Corporation) and Fortescue Future Industries.

The Boodarie SIA is located about four kilometres west of South Hedland and 12 kilometres south of Port Hedland. Five projects have been allocated land in the Boodarie SIA supporting production of green iron ore, ammonia, hydrogen, and lithium sulphate monohydrate.

Proponents allocated land in the Boodarie SIA are POSCO, Fortescue Metals Group, Alinta Energy, Tees Valley Lithium and BP.

WA lands minister Jon Carey said strategic industrial areas are a key attractor for Western Australia as they ensure new investment continues to support our emerging and growing renewable energy industries. 

“This is a major boost for regional WA, in particular towns like Onslow, South Hedland and Port Hedland with these projects to create and support a number of local jobs while strengthening and diversifying the WA economy,” he said.