Tag: Southern Company

2016 in preview: US ammonia capacity to increase by a third

This will be a transformative year for the ammonia industry. Four world-scale ammonia plants are scheduled to begin production, as well as three smaller plants, a couple of expansions, and a "clean coal" behemoth.

If all these projects start up successfully this year, they will add more than five million tons of ammonia capacity.

The new projects scheduled for 2016 will increase North American capacity by more than a quarter - and, because only one of these projects is in Canada, will increase US capacity by more than a third.

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2015 in review: start-ups and cancellations, but mainly delays

Nine ammonia projects were supposed to start up in 2015. Two succeeded.

OCI's debottleneck at Beaumont, TX, came on-stream in April 2015, and PotashCorp completed its expansion at Lima, OH, in October 2015.

So: in 2015, less than 200,000 mtpy of new ammonia capacity came on-stream.

Of the seven other projects slated for 2015, two were cancelled and the rest have been pushed into 2016.

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Ammonia from “Clean Coal” power plants

There are three "clean coal" power plants in development with plans to produce ammonia as a byproduct.

If they get built, these projects will bring to market roughly 1.25 million metric tons of urea and 460,000 metric tons of UAN per year.

Unfortunately, the "clean coal" power industry appears to be in a bit of a pickle.

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Kemper County, MS — Southern Company

UPDATED: 09/02/2017 — see Change Log

OWNER: Mississippi Power Company (Southern Company)
PROJECT: Greenfield power plant, ammonia byproduct

SUMMARY STATUS: Operational / Abandoned
Kemper County Energy Facility, a 582 MW power plant, was one of the US DOE's flagship "clean coal" projects. It was to produce ammonia as a byproduct of its coal-to-syngas process. The plant has been producing power from natural gas since August 2014, but experienced profound delays and budget overruns with the clean coal portion, which now appears to have been abandoned (with layoffs at the adjacent coal mine).

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