PotashCorp plans turnaround at Trinidad ammonia plant

22 August 2012 23:25  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizer maker PotashCorp will perform a maintenance turnaround in September on one of its ammonia plants in Trinidad & Tobago, a source said on Wednesday.

PotashCorp will commence maintenance on 16 September on its 556,000 tonne/year 01 ammonia plant. The plant is expected to be out of service for 21 days, a source said.

The PotashCorp turnaround coincides with a natural gas curtailment in September, imposed by the state-owned National Gas Co (NGC).

NGC told chemical producers in June that gas deliveries will likely be curtailed by up to 30% during September.

Natural gas cutbacks have become routine over the past 18 months in the Caribbean island, which supplies 65% of US ammonia imports in any given month.

Repair work being done on offshore platforms has prompted numerous gas curtailments in Trinidad since late 2010, which have reduced ammonia, methanol and other chemical production.

PotashCorp operates four ammonia plants in Trinidad that have a total production capacity of 2.18m tonnes/year.

By: Frank Zaworski
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