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Orica proud of outcomes with seven projects completed

Jon Barden, general manager of Orica Yarwun, was the keynote speaker at Thursday's Orica Business Luncheon at the Grand Hotel, Gladstone.
Jon Barden, general manager of Orica Yarwun, was the keynote speaker at Thursday's Orica Business Luncheon at the Grand Hotel, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

DELIVERING seven projects to operational status since 2012 has been a source of pride for the Orica Yarwun site.

During Thursday's Orica Business Luncheon, key community members listened to a presentation from the site's manager who lifted the lid on operations at Yarwun.

General manager Jon Barden has lived in Gladstone for 18 months and was proud to share Orica Yarwun's successes.

Diverting water from the site, building a substantial amount of infrastructure and implementing efficient drainage systems are among the highlights over the past two years.

Mr Barden conceded the plants at the Yarwun site were "relatively small'', yet exceptionally productive.

Two of three plants at the site are currently functional.

They are an ammonium nitrate plant completed in 1993, the largest operated by Orica in the world, and a sodium cyanide plant completed in 1990; one of only eight in the world.

The third plant is a chlorine plant which was "mothballed'' in March of this year as it was determined to be not financially viable.

Annually, 530,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate is produced at the site and 95,000 tonnes of sodium cyanide.

Both are principally created to service domestics markets, but the products are shipped globally from the Fisherman's Landing Ammonia Terminal to markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Dealing with two hazardous chemicals in extraordinary volumes demands a regimented approach in all procedural activities.

The mantra adopted by Orica Yarwun is "whatever we do, we will continually reduce the risk of operations''.

The Orica Yarwun site stores two products: sodium cyanide and ammonium nitrate. Sodium cyanide is essential for the purification of gold.

Ammonium nitrate is utilised as an industrial explosive.

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