Agrium restarts Texas nitrogen plant after unplanned shutdown

24 February 2014 22:15 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizer producer Agrium restarted its nitrogen plant in Borger, Texas, after it suffered an unplanned shutdown over the weekend, according to a regulatory filing made available on Monday.

On 21 February employees at the fertilizer facility discovered a leaking discharge line coming from the compressor and decided to shut down the urea operation, according to a filing made with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

There were no injuries to employees and no damage to the plant as a result of the leak.

The plant was restarted late on Sunday.

The plant produces both ammonia and urea, with the ammonia segment having an estimated capacity of 490,000 tonne/year while the urea capacity is listed at 100,000 tonne/year.

Agrium officials were not immediately available for comment.

By Mark Milam