Yara Norway chose Herøya Industrial Park as its new node in Southern Norway for the efficient supply of mineral fertilisers to Norway. The terminal building, which will cost NOK 90 million to construct, will be operational by the summer of 2014.
Construction work is in full swing at the Western Quay, not far from Yara’s fertiliser factory, on what will be Yara Norway’s new full range terminal for mineral fertilisers. NOK 90 million is being invested in buildings and packing equipment.
Ideal for farmers According to project owner Engebret Dæhlin at Yara Norway, the Herøya terminal will provide its customers with a very efficient and handy solution. Until further notice, fertiliser will be being transported via Oslo and Yara Norway’s Sjursøya terminal, which will be closing on 1 July 2014.
“From Herøya, we will be supplying all types of fertiliser in FIBCs directly from the factory to farmers. Fertiliser will be supplied mainly to Eastern Norway, but some will also be exported,” explains Dæhlin. “We will also receive fertilisers heading directly for the new packing plant from the factories in Porsgrunn, Glomfjord and Rostock. This will allow us to make synergy gains with the other Yara units in Porsgrunn, and it will give us the opportunity to shorten and streamline the goods chain.
Herøya’s biggest establishment now Yara Norway’s terminal building is one of the big individual establishments at the industrial park this year.
“This is an important new establishment for the park, and we are pleased that Yara Norway wants to establish its activity here,” says Lars Ekornrød of Herøya Industrial Park.
Yara Norway will be building a brand new warehouse of an area of around 3 600 sq m next to an existing warehouse 12 000 m2 in area, and together these will constitute the new fertiliser terminal.
More traffic and more jobs Traffic will increase by 3 - 3500 trucks per year once the terminal is operational.
“We will see increased seasonal traffic, but we should be capable of handling this,” assures Ekornrød, who states that the industrial park previously saw 30 000 heavy vehicles entering and leaving the industrial park each year.
Mineral fertiliser, mainly in 600 kilo FIBCs, will be delivered from the terminal and the plant will have a packing capacity of three FIBCs per minute. Four or five people will operate the terminal when it is up and running.
Good progress “Implementation of the project is going according to plan, and our progress so far is very good thanks to the excellent cooperation between the developer, Norconsult, Herøya Industrial Park, Yara Porsgrunn and the internal resources on the project team,” says Jonny Olsen, project manager at Bilfinger.
Bilfinger is responsible for the project from study to engineering, procurement, plant follow-up and commissioning of the fertiliser terminal.
Norconsult is supplying engineering and follow-up of construction and civil engineering installations.
This project is a developer-controlled, shared contract model involving 20 different contracts, with a good mix of local and international suppliers. Project manager Jonny Olsen emphasises the fact that there is enormous emphasis on safety, health and the work environment, accident prevention being a primary element.
Safety training There is already feverish activity going on in temporary, pre-fabricated cabins outside the plant site.
“There will be 40-45 of us here at most,” says Arne Alkeng, site manager from Bilfinger, who will be training people on safety. “We have had five incidents up to now, and that is a good figure!” smiles Alkeng. “This will allow us to detect anything which could lead to genuine injuries.
By way of example, he points out water dripping from the guttering outside the entrance to the cabins as a problem which has to be fixed. “This will turn into ice when the winter arrives, and we do not want people to slip on the ice. We have to construct the Yara Norway terminal building without anyone getting injured along the way,” says Alkeng.
And we believe him.
About the Yara Norway fertiliser terminal:
Investments: NOK 90 million.
Area: 16 000 sq m
Traffic: 3 000 trucks per year plus 10 ships to quay.