CF Industries to construct new US fetiliser plants


CF Industries Holdings is planning to construct new ammonia and urea / UAN production units at its complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, apart from at its complex in Port Neal, Iowa, US.

"The $2.1bn Donaldsonville project's urea and UAN plants are expected to be on stream in the second half of 2015."

The company's board of directors have authorised the proposed $3.8bn units and have also retained engineering and procurement services from ThyssenKrupp Uhde, through their affiliate Uhde Corporation of America.

The projects put together are expected to produce 2.1mtpa of gross ammonia and upgraded products, ranging from 2.0 to 2.6mtpa of granular urea, including nearly 1.8mtpa of UAN solutions.

CF Industries Holdings chairman and chief executive officer Stephen Wilson said CF's nitrogen capacity expansion plans at its North American operations will aim to serve customers better.

"We already own suitable sites, have retained a world-class engineering partner and have completed the front end engineering and design study for key components of the projects," Wilson added.

The projects include engineering and design, equipment procurement, construction and associated infrastructure, which includes natural gas connections, power supply, product storage, handling systems and related start-up expenses.

The $2.1bn Donaldsonville project's urea and UAN plants are expected to be on stream in the second half of 2015, while the new ammonia plant will be on stream in 2016. The company is also expected to bring the $1.7bn Port Neal project on stream in 2016.

The state of Louisiana and Ascension Parish have provided incentives to support Donaldsonville units, while the state of Iowa and Woodbury County are planning to support the Port Neal project.