LSB prepares to resume ammonia production at Oklahoma plant

14 January 2013 13:15  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--LSB Industries is preparing to resume ammonia production at its plant in Pryor, Oklahoma, following a period of unplanned maintenance on a compressor starting in November last year, the US-based producer said on Monday.

The company said that it expects to resume production at the plant in the first half of February, following the completed repair of the compressor, and installation of a new ammonia converter.

Announced on 21 November last year, LSB estimated that the period of unplanned maintenance would last for six to eight weeks, at a cost of $2m (€1.5m) per week in lost revenue. However, completion of the process was pushed back by around another four weeks as a result of delivery delays for some of the converter parts.

LSB is also working to repair an ammonia plant run by subsidiary Cherokee Nitrogen, following an explosion at the plant on 15 November, leading to an estimated three-to-five month halt in ammonia production at the Alabama facility.

“Since that time, the Cherokee facility has been producing nitric acid and ammonium nitrate at the targeted production level, using purchased ammonia feedstock,” the company said.

($1 = €0.75)

By: Tom Brown
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