Am­mo­nium ni­trate plant tests be­gin at Bur­rup

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Yara Pil­bara has pro­duced the first prod­uct from its new $1 bil­lion tech­ni­cal am­mo­nium ni­trate plant on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

The solid TAN beads, known as prills, were pro­duced dur­ing com­mis­sion­ing of the plant as part of a process test.

Yara Pil­bara plant man­ager Rob Stevens said the ex­ten­sive com­mis­sion­ing process demon­strated ad­her­ence to health, safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

Mr Stevens said the com­pany had been work­ing closely with the con­struc­tion con­trac­tor to en­sure the highly tech­ni­cal fa­cil­ity was com­pli­ant with the op­er­a­tional stan­dards and re­quire­ments.

The plant is ex­pected to start on­go­ing pro­duc­tion in early 2017 and will be­come a long-term sup­plier of tech­ni­cal am­mo­nium ni­trate to the Aus­tralian min­ing in­dus­try.

When in op­er­a­tion the plant will have ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 330,000 tonnes of am­mo­nium ni­trate per year.

The fa­cil­ity will have 70 op­er­a­tional em­ploy­ees, all living res­i­den­tially in Kar­ratha.

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