US Rentech completes debottleneck project at Texas plant

03 March 2014 21:06 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Rentech Nitrogen on Monday announced the completion of its ammonium sulphate debottlenecking project at its facility in Pasadena, Texas, which has resulted in a 20% increase in production capacity.

Rentech officials said the plant, which began producing ammonium sulphate in 2011, now has an output of 2,100 tons per day. The facility uses ammonia and sulphur as feedstocks to produce ammonium sulphate and ammonium thiosulphate fertilizers, and sulphuric acid.

In addition, the completed project has improved the facility’s on-stream rates and plant reliability, resulting in an increase in the quality of ammonium sulphate. Rentech officials added that the quality is the highest achieved since the facility began operations.

Company officials said they are beginning to see a flow of returning customers and that Rentech has been able to finalise sales agreements at a faster rate than in 2013.

“We are extremely pleased with the improved operating performance of the Pasadena Facility since the completion of the debottlenecking project. Importantly, we expect work completed during the debottlenecking project to drive lasting improvements in the plant’s operating performance, reliability, and product quality,” said John Diesch, Rentech Nitrogen president.


By Mark Milam