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Return to operations for fertiliser plant

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/12/2016

A Hawke's Bay fertiliser plant has returned to normal operations with all staff back at work one day after a large blaze its sulphur shed.

About 60 firefighters battled the fire in the shed's roof, conveyor belt system and sulphur stack on Thursday.

Police also set up traffic cordons on nearby roads because of concerns about the risk posed by drifting smoke.

However, Ravensdown chief executive Greg Campbell said all staff had now returned to work.

"The isolated building where the fire occurred has no visual damage and will be assessed for any minor damage today, with a thorough examination to ensure it is safe for staff to enter," he said.

"A thorough investigation as to what occurred will commence today, and any actions required implemented."

Ravensdown said air in the shed had been tested overnight with no sulphur dioxide detected as being present.

Despite the large-scale of Thursday's fire, Ravensdown said its sulphuric acid plant continued to operate through the incident.

However, its superphosphate manufacture ceased for the night shift, but was now back up and running.

Ravensdown said the fire would not impact fertiliser supplies.

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