Orica expansion to change skyline

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE expansion that will make Orica's Gladstone plant the largest ammonium nitrate producer in Australia is progressing nicely.

A new ammonium nitrate and nitric acid plant makes up the $100 million expansion due to be completed next year. Plant manager Brett McNeil said the expansion had been proceeding to plan.

'It's been going very well, we're on time and proceeding nicely,' Mr McNeil said.

Mr McNeil said there were about 300 people working on the project at the moment, with that number set to fall around February next year.

'We're looking to get the nitric acid plant going by the end of February and the ammonium nitrate by the end of August next year,' Mr McNeil said.

The expansion will see the skyline of the Orica Yarwun plant change, with several large tanks and towers to rise.

One such tank was completed at the Gladstone Pressure Welders site recently to be used at the Orica site.

Weighing 22 tonnes, the tank took two months to build.

More than five metres in diameter and 16 metres long, the tank is sure to be an impressive site as it is transported to the Orica site in the near future.



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