AMMONIUM nitrate can now be exported through the Port of Dampier after Pilbara Ports Authority received regulatory approval to support the export commodity.
The Western Australia Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) issued PPA with a special berth licence for handling ammonium nitrate, which is classified as a dangerous good.
PPA’s preparatory works to prepare for the introduction of the new commodity have included development of extensive procedures for the safe and efficient handling of the product, upgrades to operational controls and enhanced firefighting capabilities.
The licence allows for the shipment of 3600 tonnes of ammonium nitrate with the opportunity to increase export volumes in the future.
Harbour master Captain Vikas Bangia said obtaining approvals for ammonium nitrate exports was achieved through collaborative efforts between Yara Pilbara and Pilbara Ports Authority.
Yara Pilbara operates a liquid ammonia plant near the Port of Dampier on the Burrup Peninsula. The company also holds a 55% interest in Yara Pilbara Nitrates, along with Orica. This joint-venture also runs an ammonium nitrate plant, adjacent to the liquid ammonia plant.
“The introduction of ammonium nitrate exports presents a new trade opportunity through the Port of Dampier,” he said.
Ammonium nitrate is an important component of explosives used for mining, quarrying and construction operations. It is also a primary ingredient for fertilisers.