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Orica and Fertiberia complete first low-carbon ammonium nitrate blast in Spain

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Global Mining Review,

Orica and Fertiberia have partnered to successfully execute the first blast using low-carbon Technical Ammonium Nitrate (TAN) at the Canteras de Santullán quarry in Spain.

Orica and Fertiberia complete first low-carbon ammonium nitrate blast in Spain

This milestone follows the announcement in September 2023, where Orica and Fertiberia unveiled their collaboration to provide low-carbon TAN to customers seeking sustainable blasting solutions.

For the blast at the Canteras de Santullán, Orica used ammonium nitrate produced by Fertiberia using renewable hydrogen, resulting in a low-carbon explosive product. For the first time, conventional explosives were replaced with an innovative and more sustainable product, marking its first industrial-scale use.

Fertiberia’s Director for Industrial Development and Projects Gonzalo Fernández Ozalla said: “The decarbonisation of mining, a crucial sector for the energy transition due to its role in extracting copper and other essential industrial minerals, is set to begin with the first use of a more sustainable product. The blast marks a further step towards reducing the carbon footprint of mining activities.”

Low-carbon TAN has the potential to transform the industry, as it provides a more sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to conventional TAN.

Pedro de Andrés Sáez, General Manager Canteras de Santullán, added: “We are proud that Fertiberia and Orica selected Santullán's quarry for this pioneering moment in mining, both in Spain and Europe. The blast involves the use of ammonium nitrate produced with a lower carbon footprint. As a company, we are deeply committed to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and maintaining a strong relationship with the local community – this product supports that commitment.”

Orica’s Lead Commercial for Southern Europe Jesus Domingo concluded: “Mining is a necessity as the world transitions, and it is crucial we mine safely, more efficiently, and more sustainably. The collaboration between Orica, Fertiberia, and Canteras de Santullán to use low-carbon ammonium nitrate represents a significant advancement in the explosives industry, and for the broader mining industry.”

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