Dyno Nobel opens $20 million nitrous oxide abatement plant

Explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel has opened a $20 million nitrous oxide abatement project in Moranbah, Queensland, in an effort to cut its nitrous oxide emissions.

The project is expected to have a 20-year lifespan and will eliminate about 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year, which the company says is comparable to taking 50,000 cars off the road or planting more than 3 million trees a year.

The project’s first full year of benefits will be in FY2025 and will equate to a reduction of up to 12% in Dyno Nobel’s global operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against its 2020 baseline, similar to a reduction of 7% in the operational GHG emissions of its parent company Incitec Pivot (ASX:IPL).  

By converting nitrous oxide emissions from manufacturing nitric acid to naturally occurring nitrogen and oxygen, more than 95% of nitrous oxide emissions will be removed from the process of making explosives products for the mining industry. 

Customers of Dyno Nobel can also expect a reduction in Scope 3 GHG emissions. 

Incitec Pivot CEO and Managing Director Mauro Neves says the company’s customers rely on Dyno Nobel’s explosive products to extract vital minerals and resources for Australians and export markets.

“The project is already working to reduce Dyno Nobel’s and IPL’s GHG emissions and, in turn, those of our valued mining customers who rely on our explosive products to extract vital minerals and resources for Australians and export markets,” Neves says.

“Our $20 million investment in this project is part of our commitment to the region, to our customers and our decarbonisation efforts. Dyno Nobel has been part of the Moranbah community for more than 15 years, supporting regional jobs and ongoing production in the nationally important Bowen Basin metallurgical coal industry.”

The project was installed over a two-week period after months of planning that ensured minimal disruption to customers. 

Dyno Nobel is one of two businesses held by ASX100-listed Incitec Pivot which operates in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

The company wields a global network of manufacturing facilities and distribution channels and delivers reliable, efficient, and sustainable solutions to its customers across the mining, quarry, construction, and oil and gas industries.  

Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au

Images: Tony Ackland via Dyno Nobel
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