Full Trinidad ammonia production delayed to 1 April

16 March 2011 18:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The expected resumption of full natural gas deliveries to PotashCorp and Yara ammonia plants in Point Lisas, Trinidad, was pushed back to 1 April, the companies said on Wednesay.

The ammonia producers had earlier expected full resumption of natural gas by mid-March. The companies did not specify a reason for the delay.

The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago (NGCTT) in mid-February temporarily cut back deliveries of natural gas by 20–30% to the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, which includes manufacturers of ammonia, urea, methanol and petrochemicals.

In letters to Point Lisas chemical producers dated 13 February, NGCTT said it was having mechanical problems with a natural gas platform and that deliveries to customers would be reduced for up to 30 days.

The cutback period has been extended an additional two weeks to 1 April, the ammonia producers said.

Full natural gas deliveries are expected to resume about 1 April when NGCTT brings a new natural gas platform on line.

Together, PotashCorp and Yara produce 4.9m tonnes/year of ammonia at Point Lisas.

PotashCorp said the 45-day cutback in natural gas deliveries will result in approximately 21,000–22,000 tonnes of lost ammonia production from its plants.

For more on PotashCorp and Yara visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Frank Zaworski
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