Australia's Orica suffers fresh ammonia leak at NSW facility

03 September 2013 14:40  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Australian chemicals and industrial group Orica confirmed on Tuesday that its Kooragang Island facility had suffered its third ammonia leak of 2013, but that "no environmental or other external impacts" had occurred.

The Victoria-based company said in a short statement that the incident involved only a "small release of ammonia vapour from a flow instrument" at the Newcastle, New South Wales, facility. Local media reported the release comprised less than 100kg of ammonia.

"The ammonia vapour was suppressed with a water spray and fully contained onsite without impact on Orica’s Kooragang Island workforce or the surrounding community," Orica said.

"While the release was below reportable levels, Orica contacted relevant authorities and the fire service and regulators attended the site as a precautionary measure. The cause of the release will be investigated [and] Orica’s Kooragang Island facility remains operational."

In March of this year, two small ammonia leaks occurred at the facility following issues with a relief valve. No-one was injured and no damage reported.

By: Richard Ewing
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