US CF halts Iowa nitrogen plant ahead of potential flood

06 June 2011 22:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US fertilizer maker CF Industries would temporarily halt production at its Port Neal nitrogen manufacturing complex in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, ahead of expected flooding from a swollen Missouri river, the company said on Monday.

The company said it is taking this step as a precautionary measure until the impact of rising water levels is known.

The Port Neal plant is on the banks of the Missouri river near Sioux City, Iowa.

"In preparation for potential flooding at Port Neal, we are nearing completion of construction of an earthen berm that we believe will protect the plant," said CF vice president of manufacturing and distribution Tony Will.

Will said CF Industries was in contact with its customers and would let them know when the company expects to resume production and deliveries from the facility.

The Port Neal complex contains a 365,000 tonnes/year ammonia plant, two urea plants, two nitric acid plants and a UAN (urea ammonium nitrate) plant.

For more on urea and ammonia visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Frank Zaworski
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