Natural gas problems persist for Trinidad ammonia makers

05 May 2011 00:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Trinidad's on-again, off-again ability to deliver natural gas to its chemical manufacturing customers in the Point Lisas Industrial Complex has kept those producers on their toes this week, sources said on Wednesday.

Natural gas deliveries were to have been fully restored to ammonia and other chemical producers in Point Lisas last week after having been cut back by 20-30% on 13 February.

Last Friday, Canada-based PotashCorp, which operates four ammonia plants in Point Lisas, said natural gas deliveries were fully restored and that all of its plants were operating at 100% of capacity.

On Monday, PotashCorp and other ammonia producers received notice that pressure problems had arisen and that natural gas deliveries would again be reduced for a short time.

In response, PotashCorp cut ammonia production at its 01 and O2 plants to 85% of capacity.

PotashCorp on Wednesday said those plants were again back to producing at 100% of capacity.

Norway-based Yara, which operates three ammonia plants at Point Lisas, was notified on Monday that natural gas deliveries to its facilities would be reduced by 20%, a source said.

Meanwhile, a source close to a methanol producer at Point Lisas would only say that the plant was "having some issue" and that full natural gas deliveries would be restored within a week.

"We are watching the situation closely," a spokesman for PotashCorp said.

By: Frank Zaworski
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