Ammonium nitrate plant vital for State
This week, Yara Pilbara will be opening its new technical ammonium nitrate plant on the Burrup Peninsula.
Ammonium nitrate is a fertiliser manufactured using gaseous ammonia and nitric acid.
The new facility will use ammonia produced from Yara's existing liquid ammonia plant to produce the ammonium nitrate.
This existing ammonia plant is one of the largest ammonia production facilities in the world, and already employs more than 100 people, who are all housed within Karratha.
The TAN plant is jointly owned by Yara Pilbara and Australian explosives services company Orica and will produce 350,000 tonnes of the product annually.
Premier Colin Barnett will be coming to Karratha for the event, as will the chief executives of both Yara International and Orica.
This underscores the importance of the project both for the proponents and for the State.
The new and existing plants are co-located on the Burrup Industrial Estate, and together provide a new downstream industry for Karratha, with associated permanent employment opportunities.
We are most fortunate to have another international company such as Yara domiciled within our city.
Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with more than 12,000 employees and sales to more than 150 countries.
The company is now looking at other opportunities in Karratha, which could provide further diversification and jobs for our community.
The Yara fertiliser and technical ammonia nitrate plants on the Burrup Peninsula.