US Honeywell, Simplot to make less-explosive nitrogen fertilizer

02 December 2011 16:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical maker Honeywell and agribusiness major JR Simplot said on Friday they agreed on a plant project to produce Honeywell's less explosive ammonium sulphate nitrate (ASN) fertilizer.

Honeywell's Sulf-N 26 fertilizer has the agronomic benefits of traditional nitrate based fertilizers, but with significantly lower explosive potential, Honeywell said.

Sulf-N 26 is a new, dry granular fertilizer made from a patented Honeywell process that chemically fuses ammonium sulphate and ammonium nitrate to produce a new and stable molecule, a 26-0-0 14S fertilizer.

The product was independently tested, with guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and demonstrated significantly less or, in some cases, no explosive power, when compared to traditional nitrate-based fertilizers.

The fertilizer has been granted SAFETY Act (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) designation from the DHS.

Under the terms of the agreement, Honeywell will engineer, construct and own a modular manufacturing facility at Simplot's Lathrop, California, production plant.

The fertilizer, which is safe for use on fruits, vegetables, turf grass and other crops, is expected to reach the market in 2013.

The companies did not disclose the production capacity of the project, nor did they disclose the cost.

By: Frank Zaworski
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