Yara International ASA, has selected Técnicas Reunidas (TR) for the TAN (Technical Ammonium Nitrate) Project on the Burrup Peninsula, in the state of Western Australia, Australia. Final decision to execute the project and contract award to Tecnicas Reunidas is subject to Board Approvals by YARA International ASA and Burrup Holding Limited. The contract will be on a lump sum turnkey (LSTK) basis with an approximate value of USD 500 million.
Yara has chosen TR not only as the main contractor for the whole project, but also has selected TR’s technology and “know how” for the liquid Ammonium Nitrate and Nitric Acid licensed by its 100% subsidiary company ESPINDESA.
TR will design and build the project which has the following main process units:
- Wet Ammonium Nitrate with a capacity of 965 MTDP.
- Nitric Acid with a capacity of 760 MTDP.
- TAN Prilling Plant (Dry Ammonium Nitrate) with a capacity of 915 MTDP which is Yara licensing technology.
TR has recently completed a similar plant in capacity and size in Mejillones, Chile, which is successfully operating and meeting all guaranteed values stipulated for the project. The design and construction component of the Burrup TAN Project is of modular design and the modules will be fabricated offshore and transported to site.
This new TAN plant will mainly supply the mining companies in the Pilbara region.
In the late 60’s, TR began to develop its technology of nitric acid through its subsidiary Espindesa. In 1971, they developed their first plant. This plant in Australia will be the tenth designed by TR with its own technology, which have been built for well know multinationals such as BASF, Dow Chemicals and Saudi Aramco.
The ammonium nitrate obtained using TR technology obtains a maximum level of porosity, of which converts it into a better product than that of its competitors. The proven nitric acid technology along with the recently developed ammonium nitrate, has converted TR as a world technology leader of prime material that serves as the base for the production of civil explosives, which in its majority is distributed to the fast growing mining and infrastructure sectors.
This Project confirms the importance of TRs’ contribution in the developments of technology to the Spanish economy and the contribution to the exportation of “know how” generated from Spain. At the end of 2010, there was a workforce of 5,955 professionals dedicated to this objective of which 70% have university degrees, the majority in different engineering disciplines.
Furthermore, the increase in TR sales in the last few years, mainly outside of Spain, has resulted in a notable increase of employment within the company. Since 2005, the direct personnel employed by TR grew by 2,850, a 92% growth, mostly engineering graduates. During the period 2009-2010, and despite the economic recession, TR contracted 723 people, which was in vast contrast to the tendencies of the Spanish economy. To this desired job creation, we also need to emphasise the importance of the knock on effect this will have on industrial employment with purchases made within Spain related to projects executed by TR.
Yara International ASA is a Norwegian-based multinational chemical company. Its largest business area is the production of nitrogen fertilizer; however it also encompasses the production of dry ice, nitrates, ammonia, urea and other nitrogen-based chemicals. Yara has its headquarters in Oslo and the company has operations in more than 50 countries.
TR is one of the leading international engineering and construction companies. TR provides engineering, procurement and construction of industrial and power generation plants all over the world, particularly in the oil and gas production, refining, petrochemicals and power generation sectors.