Petrobras to start up Brazil nitrogen fertilizer plant in 2014

27 August 2013 20:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Petrobras said its nitrogen plant in central Brazil is expected to begin production of urea and ammonia in September 2014, the fertilizer producer announced on Tuesday.

Company officials said the plant will have an annual capacity of 1.2m tonnes of urea and 761,000 tons of ammonia, with the majority of the product going towards fertilizer needs of the regional agricultural sector within central and southern Brazil.

The plant will be in Tres Lagoas and cost approximately $2.5bn (€1.9bn) to construct.

Petrobras said later this year it will decide on moving forward with its plans to build an ammonia plant in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, that could produce 519,000 tons/year. Additionally the producer is weighing options for constructing a nitrogen facility in Linhares, Espirito Santo.

Officials said that the company plans by 2018 to be producing through its various operations an estimated 3.17m tonnes of urea, 2.76m tonnes of ammonia, 303,000 tons of ammonium sulphate and 276,000 tons of sulphuric acid.  

($1 = €0.75)


By: Mark Milam



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