Yara and BASF open Texas ammonia plant
Yara International ASA and BASF opened a new ammonia plant in Freeport, Texas in the United States. The $600-million facility reportedly uses a cost-efficient and sustainable production process based on by- product hydrogen instead of natural gas. Yara owns 68% of Yara Freeport LLC and BASF owns 32%. The plant, located at BASF’s site in Freeport, has a capacity of 750,000 metric tons of ammonia per year. Each party will off-take ammonia according to their ownership share.
Conventional ammonia plants use natural gas to produce the hydrogen needed during ammonia production. Yara Freeport’s hydrogen-based technology reportedly allows the plant to forego this initial production step, leading to lower capital expenditure and maintenance costs. By using hydrogen, which originates from the production processes of various petrochemical plants nearby, Yara Freeport safeguards resources and mitigates environmental impact.
BASF will use its share of ammonia off-take to produce polyamide 6, which is commonly used in the production of carpet fibers, packaging and casings for the wire and cable markets. Polyamide 6 for injection molding is used in high-performance engineering plastics for automotive applications. Yara will market its share of ammonia to industrial customers and the agricultural sector in North America. To support the new plant, Yara built an ammonia storage facility at Port Freeport and BASF upgraded its existing terminal and pipeline assets.
Officials of Yara and BSF at the opening of a new ammonia plant.