Pointe Coupee, LA — BioNitrogen

UPDATED: 11/05/2015 — see Change Log

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

COST (reported): Not reported
JOB CREATION (reported): 52 permanent, 250 construction — see Job Openings [LINK]
START-UP DATE (reported): 2015 last announced

CAPACITY USGS[1] COMPANY[2] PERMIT[3] ADJUSTED[4]
Ammonia [None given] [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] Company does not specify ammonia capacity.
[3] [Membership required]. Sources: linked below.
[4] [Membership required]. See Methodology.

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ADDRESS: Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, United States
WEBSITE: http://www.bionitrogen.com/

REGULATORY SOURCES:

  • USGS: Minerals Yearbook, Nitrogen [RECENT / ARCHIVE]
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission filings: EDGAR Search Results, Bio Nitrogen Holdings Corp CIK#: 0001015979 [LINK]
  • OTC Markets filings: BioNitrogen LLC [LINK]

NEWS SOURCES:

  • 11/04/2015: Wall Street Journal: BioNitrogen Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection [LINK]
  • 11/04/2015: BioNitrogen press release: BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. Files for Chapter 11 Protection [LINK]
  • 02/07/2014: BioNitrogen documents: State of Louisiana EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. BJ 2014 – 2 CARRY-FORWARD BOND ALLOCATION 2013 [PDF]
  • 10/17/2013: BioNitrogen press release: BioNitrogen Receives Allocation of $300 Million to Issue Tax-Exempt Bonds for Initial BioNitrogen Plant in Pointe Coupee Parish, LA [LINK]
  • 08/15/2013: BioNitrogen press release: BioNitrogen Holdings Corporation Signs Agreement With the Casale Group for Ammonia and Urea Plant Technology [LINK]
  • 07/08/2013: BioNitrogen press release: BioNitrogen Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire 245 Acres of Land in Pointe Coupe, Louisiana [LINK]
  • 04/18/2013: BioNitrogen press release: Louisiana State Bond Commission Approves $1.25 Billion Tax-Exempt Bonds for Five BioNitrogen Plants in Pointe Coupee Parish [LINK]
  • 04/02/2013: BioNitrogen press release: BioNitrogen Corporation Announces Supply Agreement With United Suppliers, Inc. for Plants in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana [LINK]
  • 03/06/2013: The Advocate: Fla. firm slated to receive up to $1.25 billion in bonds [LINK]

2 comments

  1. Dave Hoff says:

    Why do you feel that Bionitrogen urea plants are “likely” to be built? To me, it seems like they have been struggling to get beyond the planning stages over the past 2 years. I am very intrigue by their concept of using biomass as a feedstock, but question the feasibility or technology to make this happen. your thoughts would be appreciated.

    Dave

    • Trevor Brown says:

      Thanks Dave,

      Sorry for the long delay – we e-mailed directly and I overlooked posting a public reply. As I said in my e-mail:

      Of all the ammonia/urea projects that I call “likely” I admit that BioNitrogen’s are the weakest (from the point of view of the methodology I apply to make that judgement) – but that doesn’t mean they won’t happen.

      I keep looking for an excuse to downgrade their likeliness, but they keep pushing the projects forward, inch by inch. They aren’t going backwards or going silent and, from my perspective, that’s crucial.

      BioNitrogen’s technology seems good on paper. Also, they’re working with Casale, and if anyone should know how to make ammonia, it’s Casale.

      As I understand it, they’ve made significant corporate changes over the last two or three years – new people, new name, new plan – so it doesn’t surprise me that this takes time to turn around. I don’t think 2 years is a long time. The current team strikes me as persistent.

      Best,
      T.

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