Ammonium nitrate plant tests begin at Burrup
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.