Tag: Natural Gas

Longview, WA — Pacific Coast Fertilizer

UPDATED: 02/13/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Pacific Coast Fertilizer (joint venture)
PROJECT: Brownfield ammonia plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Planning Phase
First announced in September 2016, Pacific Coast Fertilizer is presently in the "project definition stage." While the announcement focused on one potential site, the project has yet to confirm a location. This major project has been in development for some time, and claims some heavyweight industrial partners.

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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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Pollock, LA – TopChem

UPDATED: 04/01/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: TopChem Pollock LLC (Investimus Foris / ICOR)
PROJECT: Brownfield ammonia plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Cancelled
In July 2015, the Louisiana governor's office announced that Lithuanian investors intended to build an ammonia plant in Pollock, by retrofitting an idled biodiesel plant. The air permit was issued in December 2016, disclosing project details. Construction was going to begin in 2017 for start-up in 2019 but, in April 2017, the project was "put on hold indefinitely."

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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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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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Victoria, TX — Invista

UPDATED: 06/17/2014 — see Change Log

OWNER: Invista (Koch Industries)
PROJECT: Brownfield ammonia plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Abandoned
Invista cancelled this project because it saw no benefit to producing its own ammonia instead of buying it on the open market. Apparently they expect the price of ammonia to fall when the other new plants start up.

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Chuck Magro on Borger and Kenai

"The key question with Kenai is, is there enough gas to restart the plant ... If we were able to bring that plant up, that will be by far the best capacity expansion we've ever done."

Chuck Magro, Agrium's new CEO, talked about the potential expansion at Borger, Texas, and restart at Kenai, Alaska, during the discussion that followed his presentation at CIBC's 17th Annual Whistler Institutional Investor Conference on Wednesday, January 22nd ...

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Rock Springs, WY — Simplot

UPDATED: 07/08/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: Simplot Phosphates (J.R. Simplot)
PROJECT: Brownfield ammonia plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Construction Phase
Simplot began construction on its new ammonia plant in October 2014. The project was scheduled to be complete in Q3 2016, but minor delays pushed expected start-up into 2017. Simplot's investment is "one of the largest in company history."

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American Falls, ID — Magnida

UPDATED: 12/16/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: Magnida (Magnolia Nitrogen Idaho LLC / Egypt Kuwait Holding Company)
PROJECT: Greenfield nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS:
In September 2016, local news reports implied that Magnida was winding down. The project was first announced in 2013, as a revitalized fertilizer version of a power plant initially proposed in 2005. Magnida's equity was originally committed in full, but became uncertain when costs escalated and the project met with resistance.

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Augusta, GA — PotashCorp

Ammonia Plant: Augusta, GA - PotashCorp

UPDATED: 11/22/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: PCS Nitrogen LP (Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan / PotashCorp)
PROJECT: Nitrogen plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
Ammonia production began at Augusta in 1964. The present plant started up in 1977, with revamps and expansions in 1996 and 2012, and a significant ammonia expansion during turnaround in 2016. In September 2016, Agrium and PotashCorp announced a potential "merger of equals."

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Beaumont, TX — OCI

Ammonia plant: Beaumont, TX - Orascom

UPDATED: 04/17/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: OCI Partners LP (OCI NV)
PROJECT: Ammonia plant restart & expansion

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.

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Becancour, QB — IFFCO

Ammonia plant: Becancour, QB - IFFCO Canada

UPDATED: 10/24/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: IFFCO Canada (IFFCO joint venture)
PROJECT: Brownfield urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: On hold (again)
""Le projet n'est pas mort." In October 2016, IFFCO Canada reduced itself to a skeleton staff, with plans to keep the project "sur la glace" until the urea market recovers. In December 2015, it put the urea plant on hold "until favourable economic conditions prevail." The project had only been "reactivated" in June 2015, having previously been put on "strategic pause" in December 2014. In 2014, its backers coped with snowballing costs and no secure supply of natural gas but, in 2015, it was the market price of urea that dropped too low for the financiers' comfort.

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Belle Plaine, SK — Yara

Ammonia plant: Belle Plain, SK - Yara

UPDATED: 03/27/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Yara Belle Plaine Inc (Yara International ASA)
PROJECT: Nitrogen fertilizer complex and brownfield ammonia-urea plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
Built in 1992, the Saskferco project was, until 2016, the newest world-scale, natural gas-based ammonia plant in North America. It was purchased by Yara in 2008, and expanded in 2008-9. Yara considered building a new brownfield ammonia-urea plant but, in 2013, cancelled those plans because costs grew too high and it had concerns about overcapacity.

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Borger, TX — Agrium

Ammonia plant: Borger, TX - Agrium

UPDATED: 04/19/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Agrium
PROJECT: Ammonia-Urea Plant, expansion & urea brownfield

SUMMARY STATUS: Ammonia expansion Cancelled, Urea brownfield Operational
In April 2017, Agrium "successfully commissioned" its brownfield urea plant at Borger, which had been under construction since March 2014, more than a year behind schedule and 10% over budget. An expected debottleneck of the ammonia line was cancelled in 2015.

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Brandon, MB — Koch Industries

Ammonia plant: Brandon, MB - Koch

UPDATED: 12/30/2016 — see Change Log

OWNER: Koch Fertilizer Canada ULC (Koch Industries Inc)
PROJECT: Nitrogen fertilizer plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
In operation since 1967. Koch expanded its Brandon plant in Manitoba, Canada, beginning construction in 2014, for start-up in Spring 2016.

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Cherokee, AL — LSB Industries

Ammonia plant: Cherokee, Alabama - LSB Industries

UPDATED: 03/10/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Cherokee Nitrogen LLC (LSB Industries Inc)
PROJECT: Nitrogen production complex

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
The Cherokee plant has been producing nitrogen fertilizers since 1961, and was acquired by LSB Industries in 2000. With repeated outages over the years, LSB is focused on improving reliability at the site, which serves agricultural and industrial markets.

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Cheyenne, WY — Dyno Nobel

Ammonia plant: Cheyenne, Wyoming - Dyno Nobel

UPDATED: 03/13/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Dyno Nobel (Incitec Pivot Limited)
PROJECT: Ammonium Nitrate plant

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
In operation since 1965, the Cheyenne plant primarily produces industrial ammonium nitrate, for Dyno Nobel's explosives market. It is currently producing ammonia at record levels. The site has been expanded recently, with additions of a second industrial ammonium nitrate plant and a DEF production unit.

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Courtright, ON — CF Industries

Ammonia plant: Courtright, Ontario - CF Industries

UPDATED: 03/08/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Terra International (Canada) Inc (CF Industries Holdings Inc)
PROJECT: Nitrogen production plant

SUMMARY STATUS:
The Courtright plant has been producing ammonia since 1966, with a second plant commissioned in 1985. Originally built by ICI, later acquired by Terra, it is now owned by CF Industries. An expansion of the urea plant is currently under construction.

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Tuscola, IL — Cronus Chemical

UPDATED: 03/16/2017 — 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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