Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Pilbara nitrate plant hits the gas

    16/11/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • $775m technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) project under way
    • High value-adding investment encourages sharing of services and utilities
    • Construction workforce of up to 400, and 60 full-time jobs when operating
    Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore today congratulated Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd on reaching project start-up for a new technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant in the Pilbara.
     
    Mr Moore was on site to unveil an artist’s impression of the development to mark the start of site preparation for the project, a joint venture by Yara, Orica and Apache, with an estimated cost of more than $775million.
     
    The Yara Pilbara Nitrates plant will be located adjacent to the existing Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant on a separate 75ha lease within the Burrup Industrial Estate.  It has an expected lifespan of more than 20 years.
     
    “This project is a high value-adding investment, taking offshore gas that has been converted into ammonia and manufacturing into TAN,” the Minister said.
     
    “Apache supplies natural gas to Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd from the Harriet gas field off Western Australia’s coast and the existing facility will, in turn, supply ammonium feedstock to the TAN plant. This will result in the diversification of WA industry and a significant downstream processing synergy for the State.”
     
    Construction is expected to start in March 2013, with commissioning of the plant expected in 2015.
     
    Mr Moore said the location of the two plants next to each other would enable the sharing of many services and utilities.
     
    “In addition to ammonia, the existing Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant will also supply power as well as some additional utilities to the nitrates plant.  The construction workforce of up to 400 people will use existing facilities in Karratha and, on completion, an operating workforce of about 60 full-time personnel will live locally,” he said.
     
    The project will produce an estimated 330,000 tonnes of TAN a year, which is used to create ANFO (porous ammonium nitrate and fuel oil), widely used by the mining industry.
     
          Fact File
    • Aided by the State’s $183m multi-user infrastructure package, Yara Pilbara Fertilisers $700m ammonia plant and Yara Burrup Nitrates $770m TAN plant add significant value to WA’s mineral resources
    • More than $1b Royalties for Regions funding committed by State Govt to transform the Pilbara by building vibrant cities, regional centres and developing economic diversification through new industrial projects
    • Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd obtained project approvals during 2011 under the Environmental Protection Act 1986; Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth); and Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
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