SUMMARY STATUS: Execution phase
Pallas Nitrogen intends to reassemble an old ammonia loop, built in the late 1970s and last operated in 2004. The original plant was designed to use byproduct hydrogen feedstock, and it will be restarted at an Air Products facility, using pipeline hydrogen. Delayed from its initial schedule, the project now anticipates start-up in 2017.
SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
OCI Partners restarted the Beaumont methanol-ammonia plant at the end of 2011, and completed a debottlenecking project in 2015 with minor delays and cost over-runs. Since then, the ammonia plant has been producing at record levels, with output slightly more than 100% capacity in 2016. In December 2016, Dutch majority owner OCI NV launched an all-stock buyout offer to acquire the remaining ~20% of OCI Partners, but this was shelved in April 2017 and the offer terminated.
OWNER: PCS Nitrogen LP (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan / PotashCorp)
PROJECT: Nitrogen plant, restart, expansion and urea brownfield
SUMMARY STATUS: Operational, Planning Phase
The Geismar ammonia plant started up in 1967 but was idled in 2003, due to the high cost of natural gas feedstock. PotashCorp restarted the plant in February 2013 at a cost of $260 million. Air permit documents from 2014 and 2015 reveal plans for significant future expansions. In September 2016, Agrium and PotashCorp announced a potential "merger of equals."
SUMMARY STATUS: Planning Phase
Agrium continues to evaluate whether to restart one of the two ammonia-urea lines at its export-oriented plant in Alaska. Originally, in 2013, it had intended to make its investment decision by early 2015. The project received its first environmental permits in 2015 and continued permitting in 2016, as well as garnering state tax incentives in 2016. Agrium's decision to restart the plant is, however, totally dependent on new availability of natural gas from the nearby Cook Inlet, which has not yet materialized. In September 2016, Agrium and PotashCorp announced a potential "merger of equals."