BURRUP NITRATES PTY LTD
An Oswal Group Global and Yara International ASA Joint Venture
Technical Ammonium Nitrate Production Facility
PROJECT UPDATE January 2010
Who is Burrup Nitrates? The environmental assessment process
Burrup Nitrates Pty Ltd (BNPL) is an Australian company based in The Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water,
Perth, WA, and is a 50:50 joint venture between Burrup Holdings Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) and the Western Australian Ofﬁce of
Ltd and Yara International ASA. the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA) determined that the
proposal should be formally assessed at the Public Environmental
Burrup Holdings is a private Australian company formed in 2000, Review (PER) level. The Commonwealth and WA Governments
which operates ammonia production facilities on the Burrup agreed to a coordinated environmental assessment process,
Peninsula through its wholly-owned subsidiary Burrup Fertilisers whereby a single PER document will satisfy the environmental
Pty Ltd (BFPL). Its majority owner is the Oswal Group. assessment requirements.
Yara International, a Norwegian company is one of the world’s BNPL prepared a draft PER in accordance with the OEPA and
largest chemical companies, a leader in the production of DEWHA requirements set out in the approved environmental
ammonium nitrate and the world’s largest supplier of mineral scoping document.
fertiliser. The draft PER will be released for public comment in early 2010, and
will be open for comment for eight weeks. DEWHA and the OEPA
What is Technical Ammonium Nitrate? will review any public submissions, and BNPL’s response to those
submissions, and then make a recommendation to their respective
BNPL proposes to construct and operate a facility to manufacture
environment Ministers on whether the project should be approved
technical ammonium nitrate (TAN), the main raw material for ANFO
and under what conditions.
(a mix of porous Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil), which is the most
widely used and economical civil mining explosive currently on the BNPL expects that the impact assessment will demonstrate a
market. The TAN will be used in the Australian mining industry. low risk of signiﬁcant impact through the use of Best Available
Technology, locating and designing the TANPF appropriately, and
What does the TANPF consist of? incorporating mitigation measures to minimise any potential
The TAN production facility (TANPF) will be located on the Burrup
Peninsula approximately 13 km northwest of Karratha in the Shire The conditions set by the Commonwealth and the State will
of Roebourne, Western Australia. It will be built next to the BFPL likely include the development of a Construction Environmental
ammonia plant in the King Bay/Hearson Cove Industrial Precinct. Management Plan (CEMP) and Operations Environmental
Management Plan (OEMP) to ensure the desired environmental
Yara will oversee the design, construction and commissioning of
standards are achieved during construction and over the life of
the TANPF project. It will be operated by Burrup Holdings and will
• process plants In addition to meeting its commitments under Commonwealth
and State legislation, BNPL is committed to using best practice
• utilities area
environmental management to avoid, minimise or mitigate any
• bulk and bagged storage for ﬁnished product
potential environmental impacts arising from the project.
• associated buildings including a workshop, central control
room, laboratory, safety and security gatehouse, administration
ofﬁce and staff amenities.
Construction of the TANPF is planned to commence in the last quarter of 2010, with commissioning by the last quarter of 2013.
Project Phase Start Expected Finish
Environmental Approvals October 2008 Mid 2010
Construction Last quarter 2010 Mid 2013
Commissioning Mid 2013 Last quarter2013
Operation Last quarter 2013 Plant life of 20 plus years
Decommissioning 4-6 months after the plant’s end of life
3D Photomontage of proposed TANPF (left) and the existing BFPL plant (right) looking south from Tank Hill, Burrup Peninsula
Community consultation Health and safety
BNPL has put in place a program of stakeholder consultation aimed Safety of staff and the local community is of paramount importance
at: to BNPL, and the company has undertaken a coarse Quantitative
Risk Assessment to identify any potential risks that the TANPF might
• providing the public with balanced and objective information to pose in accordance with all Major Hazard Facility regulations. When
assist them in understanding the proposal; and construction begins, BNPL will have in place a comprehensive Health
• obtaining public feedback on assessments, alternatives and and Safety Management Plan to ensure the TANPF is developed and
decisions. operated in the safest manner possible throughout the life of the
Consultation to date has included face to face meetings,
presentations and formal meetings with individuals and groups, the
publication and distribution of project information sheets, and the
Service providers and infrastructure
maintenance of a dedicated project website (www.burrupnitrates. During construction there will be increased demands on service
com). providers and infrastructure on the Burrup, and in the towns of
Dampier and Karratha. Around 60 new houses will be required
Issues raised by the community have included the impact of the for the permanent operations workforce, with BNPL operations
project on the Burrup Peninsula’s rock art, local trafﬁc impacts, health staff likely to live in Karratha. BNPL will liaise with the Shire of
and safety, loading on local service providers and infrastructure, and Roebourne, and government and industry service providers, to
opportunities for employment and local industry participation. keep them fully informed of project timing and requirements so that
service provision can be planned.
In April 2009, following a detailed research program looking at the Employment and industry participation
potential effect of industrial emissions on rock art, the independent The average construction work force will be approximately 400
Burrup Rock Art Monitoring Management Committee and persons, with a peak of up to 650. In operation, the TANPF will
scientiﬁc research agency CSIRO reported to the Minister for State require about 60 full time (direct) personnel.
Development that there was “no scientiﬁc evidence to indicate
that there is any measurable impact of emissions on the rate of BNPL is keen to employ local people and local business in the
deterioration of Aboriginal rock art in the Burrup“. See http://www. construction and operation of the TANPF project, and will liaise with
dsd.wa.gov.au/6757.aspx for more details. local industry groups and suppliers to maximise the potential for
local participation in the project.
BNPL has undertaken a heritage review of the project area, to map
and record any sites of signiﬁcance and will develop an Aboriginal These issues are covered in more detail in the draft PER document,
Heritage Management Plan to avoid or minimise any impact on which will be available shortly for download from the BNPL website,
heritage sites during construction and operation of the plant. BNPL or on disk (free) or in hardcopy ($10) directly from BNPL.
has and will continue to work with traditional landowners to ensure
any heritage sites are managed appropriately.
Based on the information obtained by BNPL to date, no rock art
sites are likely to be directly impacted or relocated as a result of
BNPL will work closely with the Shire of Roebourne, Main Roads WA
and the WA Police throughout the life of the project to ensure that More information?
project trafﬁc is managed so that public safety remains paramount. If you would like more information, a copy
At this stage, it is planned to have all construction and of the draft PER, or you have any questions
operation staff bussed in and out of the site to help prevent
on the proposed TANPF, please go to www.
additional trafﬁc loads on the local roads. Shifts will also be
staggered to try and avoid peak times of travel in the region burrupnitrates.com or contact:
Vehicle ﬂow onto the Burrup Peninsula will change as a result of the Kaushik Gor
TANPF: during construction as construction materials are delivered Principal Engineer - Projects
and workers are moved around; and, once in operation as operations
staff move to and from the site and TAN is transported to customers. Lv 5, 182 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
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