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Statement From Orica

Statement From Orica Regarding Ammonium Nitrate

Ammonium Nitrate (AN) is not an explosive. It is an inert substance. You have to be extremely negligent with AN for it to explode.

In Beirut, the product was seized and abandoned in a warehouse for six years. It was overseen by people who did not work in the AN industry and apparently had no safety protocols. The video footage suggests that fireworks were stored close by, and reports say that a welder started the fire.

This cannot be compared to the responsible and heavily regulated production, storage and transport of ammonium nitrate by Orica and others in Australia.

In addition to our own rigorous approach to safety and risk management, our operations at Kooragang Island are highly regulated and regularly inspected by authorities. We regularly undertake site-wide emergency response exercises, including an annual exercise with the local emergency services.

AN storage areas at KI are fire resistant, are built exclusively from non-flammable materials, and we have designated exclusion zones around these areas.

It’s important to note that there has not been a single incident involving the storage of AN in the Kooragang Island site’s 51-year history.