Yara International chief executive officer Svein-Tore Holsether, Premier Colin Barnett and Orica chief executive Alberto Calderon at the plant (photo: Marg Bertling).

TAN plant formally opens

A chemical plant making an ingredient for explosives in the Pilbara is an example of Western Australia’s economic diversity, according to Premier Colin Barnett, who predicted manufacturing would undergo growth in the state despite its years of lagging on the east coast.


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Import price of TAN delivered is around AUS$ 500 where as this plant production cost would be approx. $600 TO $700 which will make the plant uncompetitive and not profitable due to competition Prakash Seth Tel: +61-407946126

It is imperative that Yara Pilbara and Orica can guarantee zero emissions of ammonium nitrate particles before they start production - otherwise the 50,000 year old petroglyphs on the Burrup peninsula will be destroyed within a generation. We anxiously await the result of the numerous submissions sent to WA's Dept of Environmental Regulation to delay their operating licence until such a guarantee is given.

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