Australia: Close to Asia-Pacific Markets World's First Modular Ammonium Plant

Editor: Alexander Stark

Yara has opened the world's first modular ammonium plant in Australia. Destined to serve local iron ore business with key ingredients for mining activities, the entire production capacity will be used in the Pilbara region.

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(Source: Sebastian Braum/ Yara)

Oslo/Norway — The facility is currently in the commissioning phase and is expected to be operational by the end of 2016. The plant, developed in joint venture by Yara International ASA and Orica Limited, will have capacity to produce 330,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate (AN) per year. The site is fully integrated with the neighbouring Yara Pilbara Fertilisers ammonia plant, which exports 800,000 tonnes of ammonia per annum.

“Yara’s decision to go further downstream into AN production in the Pilbara reflects the long term value we see for our business in Australia and also the proximity of both Yara Pilbara operations to important Asia Pacific markets,” Yara International President and CEO Svein Tore Holsether said. “We are using Western Australian gas to first create a highly valued product, ammonia, and then undertake further processing to deliver a crucial material for the mining and civil works sector”.

As part of the joint venture Yara will operate the plant and Orica will manage sales and distribution of the product. The Yara Pilbara Nitrates plant is the first in the world to be built using modularized construction, with key segments of the facility built offshore and shipped to site.

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