Nitrates Business Manager
Giuseppe Cilluffo
Nitrates Business Manager

Reliable supply

Ammonium nitrate medical grade for gas industry customers is produced in our factories: Pardies (France), Rostock (Germany), Sluiskil (Holland), Tertre (Belgium). Our global logistics network ensures reliable delivery to customers across South Africa.

Your reliable supplier in South Africa

The gas industry that produces nitrous oxide requires a constant supply of ammonium nitrate. In turn, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers depend on a reliable supply of nitrous oxide (N₂O or laughing gas). The Health Professionals and gas industry both have strict expectations in terms of reliability of supply.

Our factory in Rostock (Germany) produces solid ammonium nitrate medical grade for the manufacture of nitrous oxide internationally (Asia, Africa, Americas). Solid ammonium nitrate is an economical solution and easy to transport. Given its high level of purity, solid ammonium nitrate produced in Yara’s Rostock plant, is ideally suited for use in surgical, dental and pharmaceutical industries.

With its comprehensive logistics network across the world and as the largest producer of nitrate, Yara is ideally positioned to supply the South African market with ammonium nitrate. We can provide you high purity medical grade ammonium nitrate for medical nitrous oxide when you need it, wherever you are. This is why major industrial gas companies across South Africa have chosen Yara’s ammonium nitrate for the manufacture of their medical nitrous oxide. Yara provides its customers ammonium nitrate in 40 countries around the world.

For your medical gas, choose the purity of Yara’s ammonium nitrate

Whether you are a gas or a hospital, you want to be sure of the origin and purity of the product you use. Yara, the world leader in nitrogen chemicals with over 100 years of expertise in this industry provides you with AN (NH4NO3) you can trust. 99.99% pure, Yara’s ammonium nitrate medical grade meets the expectations in terms of purity of the entire value chain, including:

  • The gas company that transforms ammonium nitrate medical into nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • The hospital that uses gas as an analgesic in surgical operations
  • The pharmaceutical company that uses gas as a propellant for drugs
  • The patient who inhales the gas before an operation and expects therefore an efficient and high-purity product

Safe handling

Ammonium nitrate medical grade is not dangerous to handle and cannot ignite or explode spontaneously. If ammonium nitrate is exposed to a source of heat or fire, it will decompose and emit toxic fumes.

Dos Don'ts
  • Use only approved electrical equipment
  • Use safety warning symbols
  • Always keep record of what is in storage
  • Have storage instructions readily available
  • Train workers in safe handling and emergencies
  • First in, first out product movement
  • Good housekeeping practices
  • Free access to emergency equipment and escape ways
  • For maintenance work, manager’s approval is required and follow correct procedures
  • Use only approved electrical equipment
  • Use safety warning symbols
  • Label ammonium nitrate bags and bins correctly
  • Carry out safety inspections
  • No entry for unauthorised persons
  • No smoking or use of open fire
  • No gas bottles, oil drums and oil tanks, or fuel filling station in the vicinity of ammonium nitrate
  • No hot wire lamps, use fluorescence type lamps avoiding contact with ammonium nitrate
  • No heat source in contact with ammonium nitrate
  • No hot work unless authorised and done under strict control
  • No contamination of ammonium nitrate with combustible and organic materials, oil and grease, acids and alkalis
  • No use of sawdust for drying wet floors, use inert material instead