(goldseiten) -- Yara has agreed with Orica and Apache to form joint ventures to build a 330,000 metric tons ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup peninsula and distribute ammonium nitrate and other explosives products to mining customers in the Pilbara region.
"This is an important and value creating project for Yara that confirms our dedication and ambition to be among the leading suppliers of TAN globally. Together with our partners, we look forward to servicing the fast growing Pilbara iron ore market," said Jorgen Ole Haslestad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yara.
The joint venture will be owned 45% by Yara, 45% by Orica and 10% by Apache. Construction of the plant is expected to have a capital cost of approximately USD 800 million excluding capitalized interest, and be completed by the end of 2015. Tecnicas Reunidas will be appointed as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor under a fixed price, turnkey contract. Yara will manage construction and ongoing operation of the ammonium nitrate plant.
Upon commencement of construction, Orica will pay approximately USD 110 million for the 45% stake, to be split between Yara and Apache.