06 March 2013 11:22 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--United Arab Emirates fertilizer producer Ruwais Fertilizer Industries (FERTIL) is planning to begin ammonia production at its new $1.2bn (€924m) fertilizer plant, FERTIL-2, around 24-25 March, a company official told ICIS on Wednesday.
Urea production at the plant, in the Ruwais Industrial Zone near Abu Dhabi, is also likely to start at the end of March or in early April, the official said.
The plant was initially expected to start commercial production at the end of January, but was delayed due to technical problems.
Export shipments from the plant are likely to begin in mid-April if production goes as planned. Granular urea from the plant will be exported, while no surplus ammonia is expected as all of it will be used for downstream urea production.
The new facility is expected to produce 2,000 tonnes/day of ammonia and 3,500 tonnes/day of urea once production stabilises. It will bring FERTIL'S total urea capacity to 2.1m tonnes/year from 800,000 tonnes/year at present.
FERTIL-2 is a fully integrated project based on feedstock natural gas provided by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), which owns a 66.6% stake in FERTIL. TOTAL owns the remainder of the company.
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