FERTILISER companies Incitec Pivot and Impact (formerly Hi Fert) have attempted to reassure Portland residents there is no chance of a similar event happening here to the massive explosion and fireball that occurred in Texas last week.
Latest media reports had the death toll from the explosion at the small community of West as being 14, with more than 200 people injured.
Four blocks in the town were decimated in the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company facility.
However, Incitec Pivot Portland site manager Lodewyk Van der Merwe and Impact spokesman Neil Sheldrick said on Friday there was no need for Portland residents to be worried.
Mr Van der Merwe said the major site activity at Portland was the manufacture of single superphosphate (SSP) for use in the local pasture market and distribution to other Incitec Pivot facilities along the eastern seaboard of Australia and Tasmania.
The site also blends and distributes a range of bulk solid fertilisers.
“SSP is manufactured by treating naturally occurring phosphate rock with sulphuric acid,” he said.
“SSP is not considered as hazardous according to Safe Work Australia and is not classified as a dangerous good by the criteria of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.”
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.