Agrium nitrogen plant in Texas undergoing scheduled turnaround

14 May 2013 20:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizer producer Agrium confirmed on Tuesday that its nitrogen plant in Borger, Texas is undergoing a scheduled 10-day turnaround.

Agrium said the facility started planned maintenance work on Sunday and should be back at full capacity by 22 May. The plant produces both ammonia and urea with the ammonia segment having an estimated capacity of 490,000 tonnes/year while the urea capacity is listed at 100,000 tonnes/year.

Officials said there were no other issues at the plant other than the scheduled repairs, and no emissions were released as a part of the drawing-down of operations.

In late March the plant was shut down for two days after the ammonia condenser and receiver became plugged. At that time, the company estimated in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that approximately 50 lbs each of ammonia and nitrogen oxide were released.


By: Mark Milam



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