Australia's Orica confirms Kooragang Island ammonia release

12 March 2013 15:21  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Australia’s Orica confirmed on Tuesday that an “ammonia gas release” occurred at its Kooragang Island site, New South Wales (NSW), less than 24 hours earlier.

In a short statement, the Victoria-headquartered chemicals and industrial group said “detectable levels of ammonia were reported at industrial sites to the west of the Orica facility” in Newcastle at around 1.15pm local time.

“Early investigations show that the release was caused by the lifting of a relief valve on the ammonia plant – which has now been reset – and the plant is continuing to operate,” the statement said. “The relevant authorities were notified, including the NSW Environment Protection Authority and NSW Fire and Rescue.”

According to Australian media reports, the plant experienced two similar incidents in 2011, one of which involved ammonia and the other hexavalent chromium.

By: Richard Ewing
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