24 April 2013 22:51 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--LSB Industries has begun operations at its main ammonia plant in Pryor, Oklahoma after a four-month delay in the facility's turnaround and is operating near its full capacity rate of 600 tons per day, the company announced on Wednesday.
The plant was initially expected to be shut down for a period of six to eight weeks beginning in late November 2012, but the US-based producer was forced to postpone the restart for several more weeks due to delays in acquiring parts needed for upgrades.
The company said the increased timeframe was longer than it had anticipated at the onset because of mechanical issues that were unforeseen, as well as the work needed for calibration of the new control equipment.
At the time of announcing the unplanned maintenance work, LSB had estimated that each week the plant was down was costing the company about $2.0m (€1.5m) per week in lost income.
In a press release, LSB said the Pryor plant had undergone extensive programs to update operating procedures, improve mechanical reliability and to conduct testing on piping and equipment.
In addition to the maintenance work, the company has completed the installation of a new ammonia converter designed to significantly increase performance at the plant.
When making the decision to enact the turnaround, LSB officials had estimated the facility was only at 80% of capacity due to technical problems with the old converter and was costing the company considerable amounts of unearned revenue.
LSB is a manufacturer and marketer of climate-control products and chemicals for the agricultural, mining and industrial markets.
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