Category: Ammonia Plants

Kern County, CA – Grannus

UPDATED: 03/01/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Grannus LLC
PROJECT: Greenfield polygeneration plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Planning phase
Grannus has been working to commercialize its polygeneration "Eureaka Process" since 2013, when it was a runner-up for Sustainability at the Cleantech Open. In 2015, the company closed its Series A financing, to fund engineering and feasibility work on its commercial-scale demonstration plant in California. In early 2016, Grannus awarded the engineering design contract but, in late 2016, gave the contracts to other companies, and now appears to be moving quickly to commercialize its modular, regional-scale ammonia plant design.

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Geneva, NE – Fortigen

UPDATED: 03/29/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Fortigen Geneva LLC (Tetrad Corporation)
PROJECT: Greenfield ammonia plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Under Construction
Fortigen is building a small ammonia plant outside Geneva, NE, to supply fertilizer to local farmers. The project's small scale keeps emissions under most environmental thresholds, streamlining the permit process. The project broke ground in March 2016, for an anticipated start-up by Fall 2017.

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Wallaceburg, ON

UPDATED: 01/28/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: None, yet
PROJECT: Greenfield urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Concept phase
A regional economic development proposal, seeking an investor. The municipality of Chatham-Kent has spent significant time and money trying to encourage a company to build a new fertilizer plant in this location. In development since 2013. No schedule for future announcements, but progress continues, slowly.

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Taylor County, FL — BioNitrogen

UPDATED: 11/05/2015 — see Change Log

OWNER: BioNitrogen (BioNitrogen Holdings Corp)
PROJECT: Greenfield urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing Phase - in Bankruptcy Protection
Announced in March 2014, county financing incentives approved July and August 2014. This site may yet be developed as BioNitrogen's proof-of-concept, however, BioNitrogen entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.

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Hendry County, FL — BioNitrogen

UPDATED: 11/05/2015 — see Change Log

OWNER: BioNitrogen (BioNitrogen Holdings Corp)
PROJECT: Greenfield urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing Phase - in Bankruptcy Protection
Ribbon cutting ceremony in May 2014. Awaiting announcement of bond placement and date for start of construction. This site may yet be developed as BioNitrogen's proof-of-concept, however, BioNitrogen entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.

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Killona, LA – AM Agrigen

UPDATED: 01/02/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: AM Agrigen Industries
PROJECT: Greenfield ammonia-urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Planning Phase
Project redesigned in 2016, now awaiting EPC announcement and revised budget and schedule. Announced in May 2014, this greenfield had been in development since October 2012, with its water permit approved in August 2015, and air permit approved in April 2015. AM Agrigen had publicly announced almost no details, but permit documents detailed scale and technology licensors. Since then, the project has completely changed.

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Belle Plaine, SK — FNA (ProjectN)

UPDATED: 02/03/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Farmers of North America (FNA)
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Planning phase
FNA is "moving steadily" towards building its own nitrogen fertilizer plant, starting with the establishment of a fertilizer and grain sales and distribution business. The first of its distribution "Supercentres," at Belle Plaine, should be completed in 2017 (delayed from 2016). FNA began work on this project in 2010. Pre-FEED study is complete but FNA still needs a major equity investor and a partner to operate the plant.

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Kemper County, MS — Southern Company

UPDATED: 03/05/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Mississippi Power Company (Southern Company)
PROJECT: Greenfield power plant, ammonia byproduct

SUMMARY STATUS: Construction phase
Kemper County Energy Facility, a 582 MW power plant, is one of the US DOE's flagship "clean coal" projects. It will produce ammonia as a byproduct of its coal-to-syngas process. The plant has been producing power from natural gas since August 2014, but has experienced profound delays and budget overruns. It isn't operational yet but it will cost over $7 billion.

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Battle River, AB — BioNitrogen

UPDATED: 11/05/2015 — see Change Log

OWNER: BioNitrogen (BioNitrogen Holdings Corp)
PROJECT: Greenfield urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing Phase - in Bankruptcy Protection
To date, no more than a feasibility study. This site may yet be developed if one of BioNitrogen's proof-of-concept plants in Florida ever gets built. BioNitrogen entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.

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Tuscola, IL — Cronus Chemical

UPDATED: 06/13/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Cronus Fertilizers (Cronus Chemicals LLC)
PROJECT: Greenfield ammonia/urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing phase
Awaiting financial close, before project is confirmed and construction can begin. Cronus is "still making progress" and now hopes to break ground in 2017, although this has been repeatedly postponed over the last few years.

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Grand Forks, ND — Northern Plains Nitrogen

UPDATED: 05/03/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Northern Plains Nitrogen (NPN)
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Planning phase
World-scale greenfield project led by farmers' co-ops. Seed capital raise exceeded expectations, January 2014. Water permits approved, December 2014; air permit approved, August 2015. Schedule since then severely delayed: fund-raising was complicated by the commodity price drop. "NPN cannot complete the project without significant new financial partners." Awaiting FEED study, EPC contract, and financial close.

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Greeneville, TN — US Nitrogen

UPDATED: 05/03/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: US Nitrogen LLC (Austin Powder Company)
PROJECT: Greenfield ammonium nitrate plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
US Nitrogen broke ground in February 2012, when it expected its new plant to start up in March 2014 - since then, the project has been fraught with problems. Permits were revised and reissued repeatedly, and the site has had major issues with compliance. The local community demonstrated tremendous resistance, launching permit appeals and a slew of lawsuits, some still ongoing. Construction and design issues led to major delays and lawsuits. The start-up process began in May 2015 but the ammonia plant didn't start up until June 2016. In August 2016, the site was temporarily shut down and was under federal and state investigation. The company announced that the plant was fully operational in January 2017 but even now it isn't clear the plant is producing much if any product.

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Hardee, FL — BioNitrogen

UPDATED: 11/05/2015 — see Change Log

OWNER: BioNitrogen (BioNitrogen Holdings Corp)
PROJECT: Greenfield urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing Phase - in Bankruptcy Protection
This site may yet be developed if one of BioNitrogen's proof-of-concept plants in Florida ever gets built. BioNitrogen entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.

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Edgard, LA — EuroChem

UPDATED: 03/15/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: EuroChem Louisiana LLC (EuroChem Group)
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Planning phase
EuroChem is planning an ambitious entry into the US fertilizer industry, developing one of the largest nitrogen complexes on the continent. The company has announced few details but the vast scale of the project is disclosed in permit documents, most recently including a revised air permit application in November 2016 and a water permit application in December 2016. EuroChem announced a MOU toward an EPC contract in April 2015. Awaiting the full EPC award announcement and a final investment decision from EuroChem's board.

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Kern County, CA — HECA

UPDATED: 03/08/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: Hydrogen Energy California (HECA), SCS Energy
PROJECT: Greenfield power plant, fertilizer byproduct

SUMMARY STATUS: On hold, indefinitely
Despite years of development, this "clean coal" project never came together. The local oil field backed out, leaving HECA in an existential crisis with no way to sell or sequester its CO2 and, in March 2016, the project put itself on indefinite hold, by withdrawing its application to the CEC.

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Midwest — Agrium

UPDATED: 11/24/2015 — see Change Log

OWNER: Agrium
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Cancelled
Agrium abandoned its plans for a world-scale greenfield in June 2013, when the cost estimate approached $3 billion. The company says the project is on hold while it finds a strategic partner and secures a long-term natural gas supply.

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Morris, MN — University of Minnesota

UPDATED: 11/24/2014 — see Change Log

OWNER: University of Minnesota
PROJECT: Pilot plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
The Wind-To-Ammonia project at the University of Minnesota is a fully operational pilot plant, demonstrating the feasibility of using renewable energy to produce carbon-free ammonia.

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Mt Vernon, IN — Midwest Fertilizer

UPDATED: 03/09/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Midwest Fertilizer Company LLC (Fatima Group)
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer complex

SUMMARY STATUS: Planning phase
Little forward progress seen since January 2016, when the EPC contract was awarded - but that was tarnished by a corruption scandal and terminated in December 2016. Construction was supposed to begin in mid-2016 for a 2020 start-up; now hoping for groundbreaking in 2017. Modified air permits will likely be awarded soon, but everything depends on reaching financial close, which now depends on getting a new EPC contract.

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Penwell, TX — TCEP

UPDATED: 03/08/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Texas Clean Energy Project (Summit Power Group LLC)
PROJECT: Greenfield plant, urea

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing phase
Originally scheduled to be completed by 2014, but severely delayed. New EPC contracts signed December 2015, when financial close was expected in "spring" 2016. This was going to be a major commercial "clean coal" power plant with significant urea byproduct, but DOE effectively killed the project when it suspended funding in mid-2016. The developers are now trying one last idea: ditching power generation and focusing only on urea production.

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Pointe Coupee, LA — BioNitrogen

UPDATED: 11/05/2015 — see Change Log

OWNER: BioNitrogen (BioNitrogen Holdings Corp)
PROJECT: Greenfield urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing Phase - in Bankruptcy Protection
BioNitrogen wanted to build up to five of its biomass-to-urea plants in Louisiana. The state allocated tax free bonds and other incentives. Nothing happened. This site may yet be developed if one of BioNitrogen's proof-of-concept plants in Florida ever gets built. BioNitrogen entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.

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Rockport, IN — Ohio Valley Resources

UPDATED: 07/09/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: Ohio Valley Resources
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Financing Phase
Air permit granted, September 2013, and extended, March 2015. Two major companies awarded FEED and EPC, December 2013. Financing MOUs in place with foreign investors, February 2014. Nothing public since. "Finalization of project financing has delayed project construction." Any announcement of a new project sponsor - or project abandonment - is unlikely until the status of other, nearby greenfields is confirmed.

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Spiritwood, ND — CHS

UPDATED: 08/24/2015

OWNER: CHS Inc
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Cancelled
CHS gave its $3.3 billion greenfield the green light in September 2014, and cancelled it in August 2015. The project faced intractable issues securing an adequate supply of water, and was beset by spiraling costs. CHS is purchasing a minority stake in CF Industries instead.

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Wever, IA — OCI

UPDATED: 04/27/2017 — see Change Log.

OWNER: Iowa Fertilizer Company (OCI NV / Orascom)
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
OCI announced the start-up of the ammonia plant in April 2017, but the downstream plants still aren't operational. Despite its first mover advantage, the Wever plant was almost two years delayed and more than a billion dollars over budget. OCI wants to do mergers and acquisitions but isn't having much success: its proposed merger with CF Industries failed in 2016; its buyout of subsidiary OCI Partners LP failed in April 2017; we'll see what they try next.

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