Agrium approves Texas nitrogen facility expansion
The expansion project will add a new urea production unit of approximately 610,000 tonnes, of which approximately 100,000 tonnes will be Diesel Emission Fuel (DEF) grade urea.
Agrium announced Tuesday that its board of directors has
approved an expansion at its nitrogen facility in Borger,
project will add a new
urea production unit of approximately 610,000 tonnes, of
which approximately 100,000 tonnes will be Diesel Emission
Fuel (DEF) grade urea.
DEF is used to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions
in diesel vehicles. The
will also increase the
annual ammonia capacity for the facility by approximately
145,000 tons, bringing the total annual gross ammonia
capacity to approximately 635,000 tons .
The total capital cost of the project
is expected to be
approximately $720 million.
will fully commence
in March 2014, with completion expected in the second half of
2015. During this construction
period, the Borger
facility is expected to operate at normal production rates.
"Agrium is one of the largest and lowest cost producers of
nitrogen in the world," said Agrium CEO Chuck Magro. "The
upgrade and expansion
at the Borger facility
will continue to grow our nitrogen footprint in this
important agricultural region while providing a strong return
on investment. The project will ensure the facilitys
future longevity, while using the latest in environment
al control technology
The expansion project
will also provide greater
flexibility to meet changes in demand by product and region
and reduce our reliance on existing ammonia distribution
channels, he added.