Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers (WesCEF) operates chemicals, gas and fertiliser businesses that service sectors in both Australian and overseas markets. We also have a 50 per cent interest in an ammonium nitrate facility in Queensland (QNP), but we do not operate that business and it is not included in this report. We have operations around Australia, employ more than 1,500 people, and our revenue this year was $1.8 billion.
During the year, we implemented a broad range of safety initiatives under the banner ‘Safe Person, Safe Process, Safe Place’ to create engagement and momentum to support safety leadership, grow our safety culture and improve our risk awareness to choose safer behaviours across all businesses. We also introduced a safety behaviour program in our fertilisers business. During the year, there was a 24 per cent reduction in total recordable injury frequency rate compared with last year.
Following a successful trial that started in May 2013, all MDEA (MethylDiEthanolAmine) contaminated water from CSBP’s ammonia plant is now re-used in the fertiliser granulating plant. As well as the environmental benefits of increased recycling and reduced waste, the cost of water disposal is kept in-house, which is a big saving to the ammonia business.
CSBP achieved a further significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions during the year. Following trials last year, secondary nitrous oxide abatement catalyst was installed across the two nitric acid plants. The plants have achieved an average 85 per cent total nitrous oxide abatement.
CSBP’s regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO), which was commissioned in April 2012, has been in operation for a full superphosphate production season. Although operational issues continue to be addressed, the RTO has successfully diversified our phosphate raw material supply options. The RTO has enabled us to use a wider range of phosphate rock supply options and, since the commissioning of the RTO, we have not imported phosphate rock from the Western Sahara. We will continue to monitor the RTO’s performance and review our phosphate rock supply options as we head into each production season.
In line with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement and Employment Strategy, 53 senior managers completed a two-day cultural awareness training course and 57 team members completed a half-day cultural awareness training course during the year and the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees increased from nine to 15. We continued to build relationships, particularly with the Clontarf Foundation and the Kwinana Aboriginal community.
More information on sustainability at WesCEF is available at www.wescef.com.au.