CF Fertilisers plan $56 mn investment Billingham AN plant
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CF Fertilisers plan $56 mn investment for Billingham AN plant

9:48 AM, 7th March 2018
CF Fertilisers plan $56 mn investment for Billingham AN plant
CF Fertilisers’ Billingham site.

BILLINGHAM, UK: CF Fertilisers is planning to invest approximately £40 million ($56m) at its Billingham (UK) ammonium nitrate (AN) plant.

The biggest investment at the facilities for 20 years, the project will create over 100 temporary jobs during its execution over the next two years, said CF Billingham site manager Keith Brudenell.

The bulk of the money will be spent on two key projects to improve the infrastructure and production capabilities of the site with development of other facilities and equipment also planned.

“The first priority is a £15.75 million project to upgrade and rationalize the Billingham high voltage electricity distribution network including replacement of switchgear on the Ammonia plant and upgrading those on the fertiliser production units.

The new high voltage network will be ‘state of the art’ with a lifespan in excess of 40 years giving us significant power security for future needs and making for more efficient production, said Brudenell.

The second major project is a £15.5 million upgrade to the ammonia reforming plant designed to extend its life by 20 years.

This will involve replacement of the steam reforming equipment and gas transmission piping on the high-temperature part of the plant and our aim is to complete the upgrade by 2020, added Brudenell.

We are now the only company manufacturing high-quality ammonium nitrate in UK with our iconic blue bags a feature on farms up and down the country.

Since CF Industries took a 100 percent holding in the site in 2015, demand has grown considerably and we are now developing the plant to keep pace with this and meet the challenges of the future

In addition, CF Fertilisers is investing £8 million to replace a range of equipment in one of its acid plants to improve reliability and meet the growing demand, Keith Brudenell explained.

“All in all, this is a real vote of confidence in the Billingham site and its team and for industrial chemicals on Teesside in general.

“It will allow us to continue the long history of ammonia and fertiliser manufacture at Billingham and make sure we are in the best shape possible to look after the needs of all our employees and customers as we approach our 100-year anniversary in 2023," he further added.

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