Hopewell, VA — AdvanSix

UPDATED: 08/10/2018 — see Change Log

OWNER: AdvanSix Inc (Honeywell spin-off)
PROJECT: Existing ammonia plant

COST (reported): None given
JOB CREATION (reported): 650 (site-wide) — see Job Openings [LINK]
START-UP DATE (reported): 1928

CAPACITY USGS[1] COMPANY[2] PERMIT[3] ADJUSTED[4]
Ammonia 530,000 mtpy 650,000 stpy [Membership required] [Membership required]
Units: stpd, stpy, mtpd, mtpy = short/metric tons per day/year.
[1] United States Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Yearbook, Nitrogen gives capacity in metric tons per year, calculated as “engineering design capacity adjusted for 340 days per year of effective production capability,” rounded to three significant digits. Source: most recent year, Table 4: Domestic Producers of Ammonia, http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/nitrogen/.
[2] AdvanSix 2016 10-K, converted from pounds per year. Sources: linked below.
[3] [Membership required]. Capacity withheld as confidential in air permits. Sources: linked below.
[4] [Membership required]. See Methodology.

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ADDRESS: 905 East Randolph Road, Hopewell, VA 23860, United States

WEBSITE: https://www.advan6.com/hopewell/
WEBSITE: https://www.advansix.com/

REGULATORY SOURCES:

  • USGS: Minerals Yearbook, Nitrogen [RECENT / ARCHIVE]
  • EPA Emissions data: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Large Facilities: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED – HOPEWELL [LINK]
  • Risk Management Plan: Right to Know Network: Honeywell Hopewell Plant [LINK]
  • Operating Permit (Title V): Virginia DEQ: Honeywell, Hopewell Facility Permit (2014) [PDF] and Statement of Basis [PDF]
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filings: EDGAR Search Results, HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC CIK#: 0000773840 [LINK]

NEWS SOURCES:

  • 08/09/2018: AdvanSix presentation: Jefferies Industrials Conference [LINK]
  • 03/14/2018: AdvanSix press release: AdvanSix Provides Update on Its Hopewell, Virginia Site [LINK]
  • 01/17/2018: AdvanSix press release: AdvanSix Reports Reduced Production Rates at Its Manufacturing Facilities [LINK]
  • 03/03/2017: AdvanSix 2016 10-K [LINK]
  • 12/08/2016: AdvanSix press release: AdvanSix Reports Temporary Outage at Its Hopewell Facility [LINK]
  • 11/10/2016: AdvanSix press release: AdvanSix Announces Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results [PDF]
  • 10/31/2016: AdvanSix press release: AdvanSix Provides Operational Update on Its Fourth Quarter 2016 Plant Turnaround [LINK]
  • 10/03/2016: AdvanSix press release: AdvanSix Launches As Independent Company, Begins Trading On New York Stock Exchange [LINK]
  • 09/07/2016: Honeywell press release: Honeywell Board Of Directors Declares Spin-Off Dividend Of AdvanSix Shares [LINK]
  • 05/12/2016: Honeywell press release: Honeywell Announces Plan To Spin Off Resins And Chemicals Business To Shareowners [LINK]
  • 04/07/2016: Bloomberg News: Honeywell Said to Consider Sale of Nylon Chemicals Business [LINK]
  • 11/26/2014: Richmond Times-Dispatch local news article: Chemical spill apparently caused Hopewell fish kill [LINK]
  • 01/10/2005: EPA conference presentation: The Honeywell Project, Going Where No Pipeline Has Gone Before [PDF]
  • 06/07/1999: New York Times news article: Allied Signal And Honeywell To Announce Merger Today [LINK]
  • 08/12/1965: The Progress-Index Petersburg local news story: Allied Chemical spending $10-$12 million: New Plant a Necessity [LINK paywall]
  • Archive: Harvard Business School Library, Lehman Brothers Collection: Allied Chemical Corporation [LINK]
  • Archive: Hagley Digital Archives: DuPont Company Magazine, 1913-2003 [LINK]

5 comments

  1. Mark says:

    The second section of this plant was started in 1954 not 1965 as stated in your article and has expanded many times since then

    • Trevor Brown says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks – I tried to e-mail you directly but got no reply. I’d like to get verification of your 1954 date – I can’t find any information to back it up. Also, I don’t really know what you mean by “the second section of this plant.”

      My 1965 date comes from a report in the August 12, 1965, edition of the Progress-Index, a local Virginia newspaper. It states:

      “A new ammonia plant, which will cost between ten and 12 million dollars, will be constructed by Allied Chemical Corporation’s nitrogen division here to replace the existing facility … according to Robert Riggs, general manager. The present plant is “too inefficient and too cumbersome to continue operating,” Riggs said. The pressure of competition has forced us to build in order to stay in business, he added. The new plant capacity will be 1,000 tons per day, the same as the present plant.”

      Let me know more if you can – thanks and best wishes,
      T.

  2. JOHN HULL says:

    Wrong the girdler syn gas plants was built first in the early 60’s to ensure that the south PLANT (area 6) had reliable syngas supply. The 1000 STPD M.W. Kellogg plant to replace the old 1920’s 1000 TPD plant was built beginning in 1965, commissioning end of 1966…. the only thing built in the 50’s or 1960 was possibly #1 atmospheric Ammonia Storage….the large annular storage tank just South East of the 2 Hortonspheres….any other questions???….worked there many years with operating rates of 1250tpd increased by debottlenecking, installation of additional and pilot operated relief valves, and revamping the 101J process air compressor cases and resizing the recycling wheel on the 103J HPC to 1650 STPD….at this point front end pressure became the rate limiting factor…. solved (after my time there) by retubing the primary with slightly larger tubes…an interesting side note is that this plant was operated with Aspentech advanced process control (multivariate function controller) in 1998

  3. JOHN HULL says:

    The biggest impact of replacing the 1920’s vintage plant with the new MW Kellogg thousand ton / day plant in 1966 was the fact that the old plant needed a thousand workers per shift to produce the same 1,000 tons per day of ammonia that the new MW Kellogg plant accomplished with only 7 people per shift. A full 3,000 employees were laid off at the same time at this site upon shutting down the old facility

  4. JOHN FULL says:

    Your Google picture is not of the ammonia section either…. but that of the caprolactam production section…you need to zoom out several times until Randolph road jogs….in the upper left of picture you’ll see a large steam plume (cooling tower) with associated PLANT equipment to the right or east….this is the kellogg ammonia plant

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