UPDATED: 04/18/2018 — see Change Log
OWNER: Philipp Brothers Fertilizer (Phibro LLC / Energy Arbitrage Partners)
PROJECT: Ammonia plant conversion
COST (reported): $450 million
JOB CREATION (reported): 110 permanent, 1,000 construction
START-UP DATE (reported): 2020
|Ammonia||1,500 mtpd||[Membership required]||[Membership required]|
|Units: stpd, stpy, mtpd, mtpy = short/metric tons per day/year.
 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/.
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ADDRESS: 444 West Sandford Avenue, West Terre Haute, IN 47885, United States
- USGS: Minerals Yearbook, Nitrogen [RECENT / ARCHIVE]
- Permit Documents: IDEM permit search (search Source ID: 167-00091) [LINK]
- County Council Minutes: Vigo County Document Center [LINK]
- US DOE: NETL IGCC PROJECT EXAMPLES, WABASH RIVER COAL GASIFICATION REPOWERING PROJECT [LINK], Wabash River Operations Update 2008 [PDF]
- 09/01/2017: Quasar Syngas press release, received by e-mail [NO LINK]
- 08/01/2016: Bloomberg: Phibro Taps Morgan Stanley Commodities Veterans for Top Posts [LINK]
- 06/29/2016: My Wabash Valley: Possible 1,110 Jobs To Valley [LINK]
- 06/29/2016: Tribune-Star: Vigo County Council to vote today on supporting fertilizer plant [LINK]
- 05/17/2016: Bloomberg: Phibro to Refurbish Clean-Coal Plant to Make Cheap Fertilizer [LINK]
- 05/17/2016: Phibro press release: Phibro Group Acquires Coal Gasification Plant To Repurpose It For Fertilizer Production [LINK]
- 04/15/2016: Tribune-Star: Workers mourn Indiana power plant shutdown [LINK]
- 01/26/2016: Bloomberg: Legendary Trading Firm Phibro Gets New Life After Purchase [LINK]
- 01/26/2016: Phibro press release: PHIBRO LLC ACQUIRED BY ENERGY ARBITRAGE PARTNERS [PDF]
Wonder what the environmental consequences will be. Will plant neighbors notice fumes? Are people at risk for respitory problems?
Hi Chris, sorry for the delay responding. I haven’t seen any permit documents to confirm this one way or another, but my assumption is that the proposed conversion to produce ammonia will result in overall lower emissions than the site already creates when it is producing power.
Can you share with me whom the EPC will be? I understand that choice was to be made in June of 2017.
As I understand it, an EPC partner is now in place but this has not been announced / disclosed.
When do they anticipate starting construction/conversion?
They haven’t announced anything specific yet, but I’d guess they’d need to begin construction within the next 18 months if they hope to start up in 2020.
Is there any update on this?
No … nothing to report …
Can you please tell me the status on this project?