SUMMARY STATUS: Construction phase
Delayed slightly, in part by Hurricane Harvey, and no longer likely to start-up fully in 2017. Yara and BASF held a groundbreaking ceremony in July 2015, five months after the companies confirmed their investment decision and announced details of their joint venture relationship, the EPC contract award, and a 20-year feedstock supply contract.
SUMMARY STATUS: Operational
US Nitrogen broke ground in February 2012, when it expected its new plant to start up in March 2014 - but the project has been fraught with problems. Permits were revised and reissued repeatedly, and the site had major issues with compliance, which appear to continue even today. The local community demonstrated tremendous resistance, launching permit appeals and a slew of lawsuits, some still ongoing. Construction and design issues led to major delays and lawsuits. The start-up process eventually began in May 2015 but the ammonia plant didn't start up until June 2016. Then, in August 2016, the site was temporarily shut down under federal and state investigation; more emission mishaps occurred in April 2017. The company announced that the plant was fully operational in January 2017, although it wasn't clear whether plant was producing much if any product at that time.