CF Industries has conducted an orderly shutdown of its
nitrogen complex in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in advance of
flooding along the South Saskatchewan River, the company
confirmed on Monday.
The site on which the complex itself is located is
approximately 200 feet above the normal river level.
However, the pump house containing equipment used to draw river
water for plant operations is near the river bank and within
the area impacted by high water levels. Regional officials have
reported that the river is expected to crest sometime
"In anticipation of flooding in the Medicine Hat area, we
brought the plant down safely and have taken measures to
protect the equipment in the pump house," said Tony Will, CF
Industries senior vice president of manufacturing and
distribution. "We are in contact with our customers and will
let them know when we expect to resume production and
deliveries from this facility.
"We are, of course, concerned with the well-being of our
employees, their families and the Medicine Hat community as
they deal with the high water."