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Grylls lauds Yara for lo­cal fo­cus

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr and Nick Evans

The open­ing of Yara’s tech­ni­cal am­mo­nium ni­trate plant has been hailed a suc­cess for show­cas­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and res­i­den­tial em­ploy­ment in the Pil­bara.

The 55/45 per cent joint ven­ture be­tween Nor­we­gian fer­tiliser gi­ant Yara and Aus­tralia’s Orica will em­ploy about 70 staff once pro­duc­tion ramps up over the next 12-18 months.

Pil­bara MLA and WA Na­tion­als Leader Bren­don Grylls said Yara had earned its so­cial li­cence to op­er­ate in the Pil­bara.

“I come to events like this be­cause I know half the peo­ple from the moun­tain bike club or Red Dog Fes­ti­val or I saw them down the street hav­ing din­ner at Vita dur­ing the week,” he said.

“A 100 per cent res­i­den­tial work­force, strong par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­mu­nity, six teams in the Red Dog Fes­ti­val where some of the big cor­po­rates in town don’t put any teams.

“They are liv­ing in the com­mu­nity, they are par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport and events and coach­ing teams on the week­end.”

Yara chief ex­ec­u­tive Svein Tore Holsether said he was con­fi­dent in the com­pany’s long-term fu­ture in the re­gion.

“It has al­ways been one of our key fo­cus ar­eas to de­velop lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and we are proud of that,” he said.

WA Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett said the plant was proof in­dus­try could be­come es­tab­lished on the Bur­rup Penin­sula, which he helped set aside in the 1990s.

Mr Bar­nett said WA could de­velop man­u­fac­tur­ing and other down­stream in­dus­tries as com­modi­ties soft­ened.

The plant em­ployed more than 500 work­ers dur­ing its con­struc­tion phase.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Yara In­ter­na­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive Svein Tore Holsether, Yara Pil­bara man­ager Rob Stevens, WA Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett and Orica chief ex­ec­u­tive Al­berto Calderon at the Yara TAN Plant on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

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