Brazil Petrobras to start up ammonia sulphate plant by February

10 January 2014 19:24 Source:ICIS News

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Petrobras plans to start-up an ammonia sulphate unit at its nitrogen fertilizer plant (Fafen-SE) in the state of Sergipe by February, the Brazil-based producer said on Friday.

The ammonia sulphate unit will have a nameplate capacity of 303,000 tonnes/year, Petrobras said.

Petrobras also plans to start-up another nitrogen fertilizer plant (Fafen-MS) in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Fafen-MS is expected to begin operations by September and will have the capacity to produce 1.2m tonnes/year of urea, increasing the company’s total urea capacity to 2.9m tonnes/year, Petrobras said.

Brazil is the fourth largest consumer of fertilizers in the world, with consumption from 2003 through 2012 rising by about 30% from 22.8m tonnes/year to 29.6m tonnes/year, according to the National Fertilizer Distribution Association (Anda).

By Leo Siqueira