Incitec to talk to locals regarding ammonium nitrate plant plans

 Newcastle residents will meet with Incitec Pivot in regards to its planned ammonium nitrate plant at Kooragang Island.

The explosives and fertiliser manufacturer will hear the concerns of Mayfield and Stockton locals following the series of chemical leaks from Orica’s Kooragang plant, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Incitec will carry out an open consultation, with expectations of a year long feasibility study.

The proposed plant will create around 300 jobs during its construction, and 60 positions once up and running.

Regulatory approvals manager Graham Woods told the Herald that as the plant does not include ammonia manufacturing it will not be using hexavalent chromium, the chemical which leaked from Orica’s plant.

Speaking about the consultation process, Woods stated: "We want to get on the front foot in terms of communication and consultation.

"We’ve done a letter-box drop for residents in Stockton and Fern Bay with the project fact sheet. We’re also scheduling community information sessions and reference groups for the project."

He went on to say that plant is being built to harness the growth of coal mining in the Hunter Valley.

"The customers have significant expansion plans in the Hunter Valley and they obviously need additional supplies of ammonium nitrate for commercial explosives."


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