Grylls lauds Yara for local focus
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.
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.