CSBP starts up new ammonium nitrate plant in Western Australia

06 March 2014 06:02 Source:ICIS News

BRISBANE (ICIS)--CSBP  has begun the start-up of its newly constructed ammonium nitrate (AN) and nitric acid plants at its Kwinana site this week, a company source said on Thursday.

The two new plants and an upgrade of an existing prilling plant at the site will deliver an additional 260,000 tonnes/year of AN production.

In a short release on its website CSBP said one of its nitric acid plants was restarted on 4 March.

This expansion  and upgrades will see a total AN capacity at CSBP of 780,000 tonne/year, the majority of which will go towards meeting the increased demand for explosive grade AN from the Western Australian mining sector.

The AN capacity expansion will also see an increase of imports of the feedstock ammonia to the Kwinana site, which already produces 260,000 tonnes/year of ammonia.

CSBP, a subsidiary of Westfarmers Limited said in its announcement of the expansion in December 2011 that the total value was Australian dollar (A$) $550m ($495).

($1 = A$1.11)

By Kate Wilcock