Am­mo­nium ni­trate plant vi­tal for State

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

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.

Picture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The Yara fer­tiliser and tech­ni­cal am­mo­nia ni­trate plants on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

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