Agrium considering reopening Alaskan fertilizer plant

28 June 2013 20:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Agrium could restart an ammonia and urea fertilizer plant in Alaska that has been shuttered since 2007, the Canadian fertilizer producer confirmed on Friday .

Agrium officials said the evaluation of the equipment and the plant in Nikiski, Alaska, will take place until later this summer with about 50 contractor employees on the site reviewing the operations.

The company has said it has not decided whether to restart the facility but market conditions have raised the possibility of resuming production.

Agrium shut the plant in 2007 when natural gas supplies tightened. The plant was purchased by the company in 2000 from Union Oil Co. of California and during its operation was the company’s largest facility. It primarily sold the ammonia and urea to buyers overseas.

“Shutting down the plant and laying off employees was a painful process for us, but we have continued to be interested in Alaska and have been monitoring the situation,” said Steve Wendt, Agrium facility manager. “We’ve really been encouraged by all the new industry activity.”

Houston-based engineering company Dresser Rand was hired to inspect the rotating and generation equipment while Anchorage-based Arctic Slope will review of fixed equipment such as tanks.

By: Mark Milam
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