Pilbara

Yara International ASA holds an interest in 100% of the shares in Yara Pilbara Holdings Pty Ltd (YPHPL). Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd (YPFPL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of YPHPL which owns and operates a liquid ammonia plant located on the Burrup peninsula in Western Australia. YPHPL is the exclusive marketer of ammonia manufactured at the liquid ammonia plant.

The liquid ammonia plant owned and operated by YPFPL is one of the largest ammonia production facilities in the world.

Yara International ASA also holds an interest in 55% of the shares in Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd (YPNPL), a joint venture between Yara and Orica. YPNPL is in the final stages of constructing a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant adjacent to the existing liquid ammonia plant.

Yara's operations in Western Australia, and more specifically in the Pilbara region, are collectively referred to as Yara Pilbara.

Yara Pilbara, Australia

Yara Pilbara

Karratha site address 
Lot 564 Village Road
Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia 6714
Tel: +61 8 9183 4100
Fax: +61 8 9185 6776
Emergency contact: 1800117506

Yara Pilbara, Perth office

Postal address
Level 5, 182 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Tel: +61 8 9327 8100
Fax: +61 8 9327 8199

Postal Address – Locked Bag 5009, Karratha, 6714

For further information see the specific plant page

Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd

Yara Pilbara

Yara Pilbara Fertilisers Pty Ltd

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd (YPNPL)

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd (YPNPL)

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd

Yara Pilbara is the Western Australian division of Yara International.

Yara´s knowledge, products and solutions grow farmers’, distributors’ and industrial customers’ businesses profitably and responsibly, while protecting the earth’s resources, food and environment.

Our fertilizers, crop nutrition programs and technologies increase yields, improve product quality and reduce the environmental impact of agricultural practices. Our industrial and environmental solutions improve air quality by reducing emissions from industry and transportation, and serve as key ingredients in the production of a wide range of goods. We foster a culture that promotes the safety of our employees, contractors and societies.

Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, today, Yara has a worldwide presence, with more than 12,000 employees and sales to more than 150 countries.

Here in Western Australia, Yara Pilbara is committed to playing our part both internationally and locally. As a company we are setting the benchmark for downstream processing in the Pilbara region and our investment is adding value to our key feedstock, Western Australian natural gas.

Yara Pilbara is also dedicated to making a difference to the North West communities that support our operations. Our growing Pilbara team and their families live locally, a policy decision which has resulted in Yara Pilbara investing more than AUD $50 million into the residential housing market in Karratha.

Yara Pilbara's ammonia plant is located in the Pilbara region. With a production capacity of 800,000 tonnes annually, the plant is one of the world’s largest ammonia production facilities, manufacturing close to 6% of the total world output of tradeable ammonia.

The Yara Pilbara plant uses natural gas to produce anhydrous ammonia, which is primarily used in fertiliser manufacturing. The anhydrous ammonia from the plant is exported to domestic and world markets from the nearby Dampier Port.

Some of the ammonia produced is also used in production at the TAN plant. The new TAN plant is world-scale with a planned capacity of 330,000 tonnes of technical ammonium nitrate – which can be used by the local mining industry.

Yara Pilbara PeopleThe Yara ammonia plant is staffed 24 hours a day by highly trained operators and technicians to ensure both safe and efficient working conditions are maintained. Once up and running the TAN plant will have an operational team of 65 workers. We also have a corporate office based in Perth.

Yara Pilbara is committed to the professional and personal development of our team and provides ongoing training and career enhancement opportunities. We have also developed successful apprenticeship and graduate programmes to provide opportunities for young people entering the workforce.

Health, Safety and Environment

Yara Pilbara regards the safety of our people, contractors, communities and environment as paramount.

Our parent company, Yara International, has more than 110 years of operating experience. Yara's steering systems, technical standards and expertise underpin our plant's safety management systems, controls and procedures.

Yara believes every accident is preventable and we can all make a decision to be Safe by Choice.

Yara Pilbara’s liquid ammonia plant operates under strict regulatory licences, as will our TAN facility once it is operational. Our systems and controls are audited both internally and by regulators and independent auditors.

We continually work to further minimise our environmental footprint. Globally Yara is one of the most energy efficient companies in the chemical and fertiliser industry, successfully reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 45%.

Safety Leaflet Neighbourhood (PDF opens in new window)

Safety Leaflet Yara Pilbara (PDF opens in new window)

Yara Manufacturer SDS Anhydrous Ammonia (PDF opens in new window)

Our company embraces a strong sense of community support which is reflected in many ways. Significantly this is embodied by the Yara Pilbara decision to opt for a residential workforce based in Karratha rather than a fly-in/fly-out operation.

We are a strong supporter of community events including the FeNaClNG Festival, KDCCI Business Awards and the Red Dog Relay...

Yara Pilbara believes in creating impact by sharing knowledge. With its parent company a global advocate of "smart" agriculture, Yara Pilbara has also collaborated with the University of Western Australia to develop a Massive Open Online Course or (MOOC) about agricultural production and the interaction between agriculture and the environment. The first online course was completed by more than 3000 participants in 55 countries.

Yara Pilbara acknowledges and values the richness of Aboriginal culture on the Burrup Peninsula.

Since becoming the operator of the ammonia plant, and throughout the development of the TAN plant, Yara Pilbara has adhered to a strict Aboriginal heritage management plan and we have actively promoted Aboriginal cultural awareness among our own team and the contractors who visit our operations.

Yara Pilbara has actively engaged with traditional owner groups and continues to identify and support opportunities which increase understanding of heritage sites in the adjacent Murujuga National Park.

National Heritage Description (PDF opens in new window)

Murujuga National Park (PDF opens in new window)

Dampier Archipelago Map (PDF opens in new window)