WA explosives plant plan dropped

Incitec Pivot has cancelled its plans for a new explosives manufacturing plant in Western Australia.

In 2010 the manufacturer told Australian Mining that a prefeasibility study was underway for the $800 million, 350 000 tonne per annum ammonium nitrate plant in the Burrup Peninsula, with the explosives maker submitting the applications to the Government.

However this week it withdrew its applications for environmental approvals and ended its ongoing feasibility studies, according to The West.

A company spokesperson yesterday stated that it "does not wish to proceed further with the Dampier Nitrogen ammonium nitrate project".

The decision comes as fellow ammonium nitrate manufacturer Orica forms a joint venture with Apache and Yara to build a $700 million plant at Burrup.

However it will still go ahead with plans to build a $40 million emulsion plant in Port Hedland.

Incitec also recently shelved its plans to construct a new ammonium nitrate plant in Newcastle.