Our History

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1971

Coogee (CC) established by a group of Farmers to manufacture Copper Sulphate at Ahoy Road in Coogee Western Australia.

1971

1972

Gordon Martin acquired 45% of Coogee for $20,000 in family company Chemco Pty Ltd.

1972

1977

Established a Sodium Silicate plant for supply of Silicates to the Foundry and Titanium Dioxide industries.

1977

1979

Relocated the Copper Sulphate and Sodium Silicate operations to the current site in Kwinana.

1979

1982

Gordon Martin (& associated family) acquired Founding Farmers shareholdings in Coogee.

Established Aluminium Sulphate plant for supply of Alum to the Water Corporation.

1982

1983

Commenced the Kwinana Tank Terminal with the purchase of a 6000 cubic meter gas holder in East Perth and relocation to the Kwinana site for the import of bulk Caustic Soda. Agreement reached with the SEC for use of the strategic fuel import pipeline.

1983

1984

1st shipment of Caustic imported in March.

Entered into a joint-venture with CSBP and the AIDC to investigate the manufacture of Sodium Cyanide.

1984

1985

Established Ferrous Sulphate Heptahydrate and Monohydrate plants.

Commenced Dangerous Goods road transport – initially of Caustic Soda.

1985

1986

FID reached for the construction of the Sodium Cyanide plant in joint venture with CSBP and AIDC.

1986

1987

Entered into a joint-venture with Nufarm Ltd to build a Chlor-Alkali plant at Kemerton for the supply of Chlorine and Caustic Soda over the fence to SCM Chemicals at Kemerton.

Reached agreement with Solo Petroleum to construct a Fuel Terminal for the import of Gasoline and Diesel fuel into the Kwinana Terminal, necessitating the purchase and relocation of a number of large fuel tanks from around Australia.

1987

1988

Sodium Cyanide plant commenced production in late November.

1988

1989

Established Sodium Aluminate plant for supply to the Titanium Dioxide industry.

Entered into another joint-venture with Nufarm Ltd to build a second Chlor-Alkali plant at Kwinana to supply Chlorine and Caustic Soda over the fence to Tiwest.

1989

1990

Solo Petroleum sold to Ampol Petroleum.

Entered into joint-venture with Daxin Petroleum of Singapore to import, distribute and retail Gasoline and Diesel Fuels under the AMGAS banner.

1990

1991

Commissioned Chlor-Alkali Plant at Kwinana in joint-venture with Nufarm.

Entered into joint-venture with Pride-Chem Singapore and Technogas Malaysia to manufacture Copper Oxides at Malaka in Malaysia.

1991

1993

Western Biotechnology Ltd purchased from Roche in February 1993 for the manufacture of Beta-Carotene at Hutt Lagoon.

Tank Terminal established at Port Hedland for the import of Sulphuric Acid.

Increased interest in Malaysian joint-venture to 50% and acquired land at Pasir Gudang for the relocation and expansion of the production facility.

1993

1994

Established a Granulation plant for the production of Trace Element Fertilisers at Kwinana.

1994

1995

Established a Sulphur milling plant at Kwinana.

AMGAS sold to Mobil (Aust.) Pty Ltd with a long-term agreement to terminal Mobil fuel in WA.

Established a Tank Terminal in Townsville, Queensland in joint-venture with Lewer Corporation for the import of Sulphuric Acid for North Queensland.

1995

1996

Reached agreement with Western Mining for the construction and operation of the Coogee Acid Terminals (CAT) for handling and storage of 98% Sulphuric Acid.

Entered into joint-venture with Tioxide (Malaysia) for the establishment of a Ferrous Sulphate plant at Teluk Kalong.

1996

1997

Established Chemical Reagent manufacturing plant at BHP Cannington in North Queensland.

Established Ammonium Chloride plant at Kwinana.

Established Ferrous Sulphate (heptahydrate and monohydrate) plant in joint-venture with Tioxide at Teluk Kalong Malaysia.

Expansion of the Queensland Terminals facility from 5000 to 17000 tonnes of Sulphuric Acid in Townsville.

Purchased 55% interest in AMPAC Pty Ltd, a manufacturer of Copper Sulphate located on the MIM Ltd mine site in Mount Isa.

1997

1998

Established Liquid Xanthate plant at Kwinana.

Expanded Sodium Cyanide plant increasing capacity by 50% to approximately 48,000 tpa.

Established Pride Chem Industries Copper Oxy-Chloride plant in Malaysia.

Reached agreement with Pasminco to establish a Chemical Reagent manufacturing plant at the Century Zinc Mine in North Queensland.

1998

1999

Century Zinc Mine Site Reagent plant commissioned.

Reached agreement with Sun Metals (Korean Zinc) for their purchase of 50% of the Townsville Acid Terminal and for our handling of their export acid.

Upgraded the Kwinana Fuel Terminal for Mobil.

1999

2000

Purchased the Methanol Research Plant (MRP) from BHP in joint venture with Mogal Marine (80/20) at Laverton in Victoria. Plant capacity approximately 60,000 tonnes per annum.

Established a Molten Sulphur Pastille plant at Kwinana receiving Molten Sulphur from BP Refinery.

Agreement reached with Straits Resources Nifty Copper Operation for the long term supply of Sulphuric Acid and subsequent upgrade of the Port Hedland Terminal.

2000

2001

The Sodium Cyanide Plant expanded to include manufacture of Solid Sodium Cyanide as part of the Australian Gold Reagents (AGR) Joint Venture – plant commissioned in 2003.

Established a liquid Xanthate Plant on the Coogee site at Mt Isa.

Coogee Resources acquired the Montara oil and gas field from BHP in the Timor Sea.

2001

2002

Reached agreement with Sumitomo to establish a Super White Hydrated alumina plant at Kwinana (using Sumitomo technology) to supply products for export and sale by Sumitomo Chemicals into the Artificial Marble market – plant commissioned in 2004.

Purchased 40% minority interest in Ampac Australia Pty Ltd giving Coogee 100% of the Copper Sulphate manufacturing operation in Mt Isa.

Newfield Exploration Ltd farmed into the Montara oil and gas field, acquiring a 50% interest in return for drilling Montara 3.

Established Sulphur/Bentonite granulated fertiliser plant at Kwinana.

2002

2003

Reserve evaluation and project development plans completed for the Montara oil field, indicating a viable project based on a fully owned FPSO and seven year production life.

Negotiations commenced to acquire Newfield Exploration’s Timor Sea assets including the Jabiru and Challis producing oil fields – assets acquired in 2004.

Nufarm-Coogee signed a new 15 year Chlorine supply agreement with Millennium Chemicals.

2003

2004

Achievement of production rates of 120% of name-plate capacity for the Solid Sodium Cyanide plant.

Acquisition of a vessel for conversion to an FPSO for the Montara oil field development.

2004

2005

The Methanol plant achieved a breakthrough in its operations technology enabling it to boost production and to take advantage of a growing market in the Biodiesel sector.

Established a Reagents plant for Magellan at Wiluna.

2005

2006

Agreement reached with Nufarm to acquire their 80% of the Nufarm Coogee Chlor-Alkali plants at Kemerton and Kwinana – completed in 2007.

Decision taken to construct two 7,500 tonne Sulphuric Acid tanks at Port Hedland Terminal – completed in 2007.

Dangerous Goods transport operations expanded in Queensland winning a five year tender to transport Ammonia for Queensland Nickel Refinery (a subsidiary of BHP).

Coogee Resources exercised its option to acquire the Montara oil field from Coogee.

Decision taken to close the Granulation plant, the Copper Sulphate plant and the Ammonium Chloride plant at Kwinana.

2006

2007

Decision made to join with CSIRO in the development of their TiRO research project, involving the design, construction and operation of a pilot plant using new technology developed by CSIRO to produce ‘melt-free’ Titanium Alloy metal powders.

Approved a major expansion of the Kwinana Tank Terminal.

Approved a significant expansion of the Sodium Cyanide plant to cater for the increased demand coming from the Boddington Gold Mine.

2007

2008

Formation of Coogee Asia Sdn Bhd as a wholly owned Malaysian subsidiary to process Copper Oxide from Pride Chem Malaysia.

Agreement reached with Xstrata to construct and operate a Copper Sulphate facility alongside the Xanthates plant at Mt Isa.

Expanded Sodium Cyanide Plant bringing capacity to approximately 65,000tpa.

Agreement reached with Tiwest for the doubling of the Chlor-Alkali plant at Kwinana with a new 18 year supply agreement.

2008

2009

Construction of Terminals West at Kwinana.

Construction of Mt Isa Chemical Reagent facility.

Reached agreement with Lewer Corp to purchase their 50% of Queensland Terminals.

Decision made to construct a Dangerous Goods (DG) Container Storage Facility on land adjoining our Kwinana site.

2009

2010

Kwinana Chlor-Alkali plant expansion commissioned.

Acquired adjacent Gull Fuel Terminal enabling Coogee to offer a more comprehensive handling solution to the major fuel companies.

Established Dangerous Goods Isotainer facility at Kwinana.

2010

2011

Reached agreement with Queensland Alumina for the erection of a Caustic Truck Loading Gantry on their site to facilitate the purchase and supply of Caustic Soda into the North Queensland market.

Integration of the newly acquired Gull and Coogee Fuel Terminals.

2011

2012

Reached a long-term agreement with Caltex to construct a Diesel Rail Facility on our Kwinana site.

Acquired Elite Chemicals from GE Corporation at Lytton near Brisbane.

Reached agreement with Glencore to establish a Sodium Hydrosulphide Dissolving Plant and Dangerous Goods Storage Facility on our site at Mount Isa.

2012

2013

Took over management and direction of the TiRO Research Project and moved the operation to Laverton Victoria.

Pipe Bridge integrating Coogee West with our main terminal approved and under construction.

Purchased Mogal Marine’s 20% of the Methanol plant lifting Coogee equity to 100%.

Sold Coogee’s 50% equity in Pride-Chem Malaysia to Pride- Chem Singapore the JV partner.

2013

2014

Decision taken to upgrade and double capacity at the Elite Chlor Alkali plant in Queensland at a cost of approximately $45 million – plant commissioned in 2016.

Agreement reached with Mitsubishi Corporation for the construction and operation of a Diesel Fuel Import Facility at Port Bonython in South Australia - commissioned early in 2016 on time and under budget.

2014

2015

Production of Titanium Powder at the TiRO R&D facility scaled to greater than 10+kg/hr.

Acquired Sun Metal’s 50% interest in the Townsville Acid Terminal.

2015

2016

Completed and commissioned the Port Bonython diesel terminal on time and significantly under budget.

Executed a long term agreement with Nickel West for the storage and handling of Sulphuric Acid through the Coogee Acid Terminal (CAT) facility.

Acquired 50% interest in the Nickel West rail siding and facility.

2016

2017

Commenced construction of Cairns greenfield depot to service the region’s significant hypo market.

A new hosting and storage agreement was made with Coogee West & AGR to facilitate and enable MR size caustic soda cargoes.

A new 12” fuel pipeline joining the Kwinana terminal to the bulk liquids jetty was commissioned.

2017

2018

Development of a Magnesium Powder Plant began in Sheffield. Facility to be moved to Australia upon completion of commissioning.

The World Scale Methanol Project proponents secured a multi-year lease option on the Burrup peninsula.

Agreements signed with Cristal to renew our operating and supply agreements for a further 8 years, underpinning the future of this business.

2018

2019

TiRO’s Gen4 fluidized bed reactor operational at scale.

Undertook a pre-FEED engineering study on a Methanol Plant in Darwin with Technip.

Chlorine bottling facility in Mt Isa operational and import supply chain established.

Pre-FEED work commenced on the Brine Project and commercial terms negotiated with Shell Australia to establish a joint venture partnership.

2019

... and beyond