CF Industries restarting production at Alberta nitrogen plant

01 July 2013 17:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Fertilizer producer CF Industries (CF) announced Monday it is in the process of restarting operating units at its Medicine Hat, Alberta nitrogen facility following a temporary shutdown due to heavy flooding in the region.

On 23 June, the Illinois-based fertilizer company decided to take precautionary measures at the country’s largest nitrogen complex in advance of flood conditions present along the South Saskatchewan river. There were concerns that due to the facility proximity to the river and the location of the plant’s pump house that CF needed to move equipment used to draw river water for the plant’s operation to higher ground.

CF officials said the pump house equipment has now been reinstalled and is back in service for the facility, which produces up to 1.5m tonnes of ammonia and urea annually.

“We have determined that it is safe to restart our operating units and are doing so. We are in contact with our customers regarding the status of deliveries from the facility,” said Tony Will, senior vice president of manufacturing and distribution. “Our thoughts are with those in the community who were impacted by the flooding.”


By: Mark Milam



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