Tanks a lot for the jobs
THE transport of three massive tanks to the Orica plant yesterday marked the start of the plant's $135 million expansion.
The 20-tonne tanks were an impressive sight, dwarfing vehicles as they snaked their way towards Orica.
Orica general manager Brett McNeil said the arrival of the tanks was an exciting time for the site.
'This is probably the biggest expansion since we came on to the site in the late '80s,' Mr McNeil said.
The expansion will create 200 construction jobs and about 20 extra permanent positions.
Set to increase production of ammonium nitrate at the Orica site, the expansion will also benefit the local coal industry. Ammonium nitrate is used as an explosive in coal mines.
The equipment for the expansion, which will continue to be moved today, is second-hand from a plant in Denmark.