Monster acid absorber rolls into Banana

PRIME MOVE: The 90-metre-long road train starts its journey from Port Alma to QNP.
PRIME MOVE: The 90-metre-long road train starts its journey from Port Alma to QNP. Contributed

A 150-tonne road train wheeled into Banana yesterday, en route to the Queensland Nitrates plant on the outskirts of Moura.

The road train was transporting a 45-metre long nitric acid plant absorber column which will be installed at QNP during a three-week shut down in October.

Over the next few months work on the column will be carried out, readying it for installation.

The column arrived via ship at Port Alma last Friday from Belgium.

It was loaded onto a 90-metre long road train that included two-trailers with 13 axles each and a prime mover at either end and rolled out of the port on Wednesday; overnighted at Westwood before continuing onto Banana and the QNP site on Thursday.

QNP general manager David Armstrong said it was the first time since the plant was commissioned in late 1999 that this particular piece of equipment had been replaced.

"The new nitric acid plant absorber column will ensure ongoing plant performance and customer service delivery, while also providing some improvement in output and efficiency."

QNP is owned jointly by Wesfarmers and Incitec Pivot and employs 80 full-time locals.

Mr Armstrong said during the October shutdown an additional 200 local contractors would be engaged.

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