One of NSW’s biggest industrial polluters is set to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by half with a $37 million investment in new technology.
- Orica’s Newcastle plant will cut overall emissions by 48 per cent
- It is equal to the emissions from 50,000 homes
- The company has received a $13 million grant from the NSW government to implement new technology
Orica’s plant on Newcastle’s Kooragang Island manufactures vast quantities of ammonium nitrate to make explosives for the Hunter Valley’s coal mining industry.
Each year the plant’s chemical process to make nitric acid generates about 1,900 tonnes of the potent nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas 300 times stronger than carbon dioxide (CO2).
Orcia says its new emissions reduction technology will reduce nitrous oxide emissions by 92 per cent.
“Basically at the end of our [nitric acid] plant we install this catalyst which turns the nitrous oxide that we generate from our…