Yara has opened its new NOLA import fertilizer terminal in
Convent, St. James Parish, La., located approximately 60 miles
up the Mississippi River from New Orleans.
With its opening, the fully-operational terminal will
provide increased access to imported urea to agricultural
markets both locally and throughout the Midwest and Eastern US
The terminal will also support Yaras growing
industrial segments, including its Air1 branded diesel
Yara North America is a leading provider of urea and
our customers depend on our uninterrupted global supply chain
to meet their needs, said Bartolomeo Pescio, president of
Yara North America.
The establishment of a terminal in New Orleans, the
primary import gateway of North America, is an important
milestone in our distribution strategy and reaffirms our
dedication to our customers to serve as a reliable
partner, he added.
Yara began construction on the 55,000 metric
ton, state-of-the-art NOLA import fertilizer terminal and
warehouse in 2008, which will be capable of accommodating bulk
carrier vessels up to the Panamax size.
The NOLA terminal will provide 11 permanent jobs and a
number of service related functions which benefits the St.
James Parish, the company said. The total investment volume is
approximately $30 million.
North America is becoming more and more dependent on
imported urea to satisfy a growing demand and a modern and
efficient infrastructure is needed to support this. The opening
of our NOLA terminal today shows our long-term commitment and
growth ambition in the North American market, Pescio
Stueve Construction Co., a recognized
leader in the construction of fertilizer storage
facilities, built the terminal.
St. James Stevedoring Partners also served as an important
partner throughout the process and will continue to support the
terminal operations, according to Yara officials.