Dawn appears behind the very rugged hills on the east of Karratha.
We had now reached Karratha,1557km north of Perth, which was built 1968 to service and accommodate workers mining iron ore in the Hamersley Ranges. This is a dormitory town with temporary accommodation everywhere and housing estates springing up. Rents are extremely high, and like elsewhere down the WA coast you have to book ahead and it costs about $45 per night for a powered site.
Like a scene form a science fiction movie one of the burn off stacks emerges from an alien landscape
The ironstone ranges run very ruggedly along the coast, with a narrow strip of sandy coast and deep tidal mud flats. North of Karrartha is Point Sampson with its Harbour servicing the iron mines around Tom Price and South is Dampier with the great North West Shelf gas project bringing 10 billion dollars a year worth of Natural Gas from hundreds of kilometres offshore to be processed on the Burrup Peninsula and exported all over the world
Out of this plant comes enough gas to earn 10 billion dollars a year for the next 30 years or so.
The technology used to extract the gas from below the sea, move it hundreds of km under the sea, process it, export it world-wide but also sand it via pipeline to Bunbury south of Perth is amazing.
Five hundred metres from the massive refinery it looks like you could be on another planet
Then so is the blasted landscape of the Burrup Peninsular, amazing rugged, the perfect setting for a 21st century piece of technology?