Construction is almost complete on Fortigen's new ammonia plant in Nebraska, and "the pre-commissioning stage is now underway,” according to local press. Unfortunately, there was a significant setback on the site at the end of May, when the ammonia storage tank was damaged, which will probably delay full operations by at least a month.
The smallest commercial ammonia plant in North America broke ground last week, in Geneva, NE.
(Smallest? Probably. Similar scale to Green Valley Chemials in Creston, IA.)
A new trend is now underway toward smaller, easier-to-finance ammonia plants, although these projects remain in the shadow of mammoth world-scale projects.
UPDATED: 11/28/2018 — see Change Log
OWNER: Fortigen Geneva LLC (Tetrad Corporation)
PROJECT: Greenfield ammonia plant
SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
In January 2018, Fortigen began operations at its small ammonia plant outside Geneva, NE, to supply fertilizer to local farmers. The project broke ground in March 2016 and had been expected to start-up by Fall 2017, but this schedule became delayed when the storage tank was damaged during testing, due to "human error." There is already talk of expanding the site to add downstream products (urea and DEF), as well as a second ammonia plant.