Surplus ammonia produced in the Pilbara has been shipped to Europe to help tackle diminishing global food production and food security. Yara Pilbara, based on the Burrup, recently shipped two cargo loads from its Pilbara operations to Europe as record-high gas prices in the wake of the Russian war on Ukraine severely affected ammonia production. Parent company Yara International’s total European ammonia capacity had at one stage been scaled back by as much as 65 per cent because of the gas crisis. Two cargo loads of Yara Pilbara ammonia have so far made the trip from the Port of Dampier in specialised carriers, with the shipments delivering a combined 38 thousand tonnes of ammonia to Norway, Germany and France. Yara Pilbara general manager Laurent Trost said the significant winding back in European fertiliser output was having a direct negative impact on global food production and food security. “Yara’s mission is to feed the world and we are doing what we can at our Pilbara operations to help our colleagues in Europe boost production,” he said. “We are still meeting the requirements of our existing customers but through surplus production have been able to assist Yara’s European plants.” The two ammonia shipments so far represent the equivalent of at least 100 thousand tonnes of fertiliser which will bolster diminishing global supplies. “In July last year the Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant passed 10 million tonnes of ammonia shipped to world and Australian markets through Dampier Port,” Mr Trost said. “Ten million tonnes of ammonia could produce enough ammonium nitrate fertiliser to meet Australian demand for an estimated 7½ years.” Yara Pilbara exports ammonia to customers in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan. Domestically, it supplies processors in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. Mr Trost said that while Yara was making strong steps forward globally in the decarbonisation of its operations and the production of clean ammonia, gas remained a necessary feedstock in the ongoing transition.