A company proposing the development of an ammonium nitrate plant on Point Lowly Peninsula is continuing to explore different options.
According to a spokesperson from DMITRE, DEEPAK Fertilisers, the company proposing the development, is continuing work on its proposal.
"The company has advised the department that it is continuing to explore a range of different options, including the Whyalla region in association with the proposed development of an ammonium nitrate plant in South Australia," the spokesperson said.
"Ammonium nitrate is an ingredient used in the production of hard-rock mining explosives.
"Ammonium nitrate is manufactured in all major mining states in Australia, except in South Australia, so the development of manufacturing capacity here would add value to our growing mining and resources industry.
"The project, should it go ahead, would represent a significant economic development to the Whyalla region, likely to generate 400 jobs during its 24 months of construction and at least 80 full-time employment opportunities when the facility becomes operational.
"Furthermore, a manufacturing plant would greatly enhance flow-on opportunities for local businesses in the Whyalla region."
Read more in Tuesday's edition of the Whyalla News.