Agrium fertilizer plant in Canada offline for unplanned maintenance

31 October 2013 21:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Agrium’s nitrogen plant at Redwater, Alberta, is currently experiencing a temporary outage and will not be operational until 20 November, the Canadian fertilizer producer announced on Thursday.

On 15 October, the plant, which primarily produces ammonia and urea, suffered a failure in the waste heat boiler causing operations to be halted. Agrium said in a statement that repairs were underway but will not be completed until late November.

The reduced ammonia availability is anticipated to result in a lower operating rate for the phosphate plant at the Redwater facility for the Q4 period.

The Redwater nitrogen plant produces 680,000 tonnes of ammonia, 720,000 tonnes of urea, as well as lesser volumes of nitrogen solutions, industrial ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulphate.

This is the second time this year the facility has suffered with equipment deficiencies as in May the Redwater plant had to undergo a one month turnaround after there were issues with a heat exchanger.

By: Mark Milam
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