CF invests $3.8 billion in two ammonia urea facility in US

CF invests $3.8 billion in two ammonia and urea facility in US

6:47 AM, 2nd November 2012
CF invests $3.8 billion in two ammonia and urea facility in US
Stephen R Wilson, Chairman and CEO, CF Industries Holdings.

DEERFIELD, US: CF Industries Holdings will construct new ammonia and urea (UAN) production units at its complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and new ammonia and urea units at its complex in Port Neal, Iowa. The company has authorized expenditure of $3.8 billion for the projects and the company has retained engineering and procurement services from ThyssenKrupp Uhde through their affiliate Uhde Corporation of America.

In combination, these projects will be able to produce annually 2.1 million tonne of gross ammonia and upgraded products ranging from 2.0 to 2.6 million tonne of granular urea and up to 1.8 million tonne of UAN solutions, depending on product mix. The Donaldsonville project budget is $2.1 billion, with the new urea and UAN plants scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2015 and the new ammonia plant in 2016. The Port Neal project budget is $1.7 billion with the new ammonia and urea plants scheduled to come on stream in 2016.

“We believe that our projects will be among the first in North America to be in production. We already own suitable sites, have retained a world-class engineering partner and have completed the front end engineering and design study for key components of the projects,” said Stephen R Wilson, Chairman and CEO, CF Industries Holdings.

“Increasing both our ammonia and upgraded product capacities and our product mix flexibility at Donaldsonville takes advantage of a location that already has access to multiple modes of transportation. When the new units are complete, the Donaldsonville complex in total will be able to vary use of its urea streams to produce between 2.4 million and 3.3 million tonne of granular urea and between 1.2 million and 4.2 million tonne of UAN solution,” added Wilson.

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