Yara and BASF open Texas am­mo­nia plant

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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.

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