Estonia's Nitrofert suffers unplanned outage due to technical problems

06 February 2013 17:35  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Technical problems at the Nitrofert fertilizer plant in Estonia have brought ammonia and urea production to a halt, just 10 weeks after the plant was restarted following a four-year shutdown, market sources disclosed on Wednesday.

The cause of the unplanned outage at the Kohtla-Jarve plant on the Baltic country‚Äôs north coast is not yet clear, but engineers are presently examining the unit. Officials at Finland-headquartered NF Trading, which markets and sells Nitrofert products, say a tentative restart date of 14 February has been set.

Capable of producing 7,500 tonnes of ammonia and 18,000 tonnes of prilled urea a month, or 11,000 tonnes of ammonia and 9,000 tonnes of prilled urea a month, the Nitrofert plant was restarted in early December following the signing of a Russian gas supply contract, but output was suspended early last week.

The first merchant ammonia produced at the plant since early 2008 loaded at the nearby port of Sillamae in early January when Koch Industries lifted 15,000 tonnes for shipment to the US.

According to NF Trading, the shutdown will not affect any February urea or ammonia shipments as the company has enough ammonia in its tanks and can divert product from elsewhere.

By: Richard Ewing
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