Agrium has one-day outage at Texas urea plant

25 July 2014 22:53 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian fertilizer producer Agrium suffered an unplanned outage on 24 July at its urea plant at the nitrogen complex in Borger, Texas due to issues with the plant’s compressor, according to a filing made available on Friday.

The outage was expected to last roughly one day, Agrium said in an emission report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

While Agrium officials were not immediately available for comment, the TCEQ report stated that the shutdown required taking out any incoming feedstock from the urea plant and routing any vented ammonia to the flare.

Earlier in the week, on 23 July, the producer had another unplanned temporary outage that last about a day at the nitrogen plant also in Borger. That incident occurred during the process of switching the high pressure ammonia pumps, according to the TCEQ emission report.

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

By Mark Milam