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ThyssenKrupp Uhde wins mega contract for fertiliser plants in USA

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012

ThyssenKrupp Uhde has, through its US business partner, Uhde Corporation of America, been selected by CF Industries, one of the world's leading fertiliser producers, to provide engineering and supply services for two fertiliser complexes in the USA.

CF Industries announced on 1 November 2012 that it will construct new ammonia and urea/UAN production units at its complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and new ammonia and urea units at its complex in Port Neal, Iowa. Overall expenditure on the projects will total USD 3.8 billion.

The USD 2.1 billion project budget for expansion of the fertiliser complex in Donaldsonville encompasses an ammonia plant with a capacity of 3,300 tonnes per day of ammonia, a urea plant with a capacity of 3,500 tonnes per day of urea, a nitric acid plant with a capacity of 1,520 tonnes per day of nitric acid and a UAN plant with a capacity of 4,500 tonnes per day of UAN solution. The ammonia, nitric acid and UAN plants will be based on the highly efficient ThyssenKrupp Uhde processes while the urea plant will employ the synthesis process belonging to Stamicarbon of the Netherlands. The urea and UAN plants are scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2015 and the new ammonia plant in 2016.

Alongside expansion of the fertiliser complex in Donaldsonville, CF Industries is also increasing its fertiliser capacities in Port Neal, Iowa. Here, it plans to build an ammonia plant with a capacity of 2,200 tonnes per day, a urea plant with a capacity of 3,500 tonnes per day and a urea granulation unit with a capacity of 3,500 tonnes per day. Port Neal is a strategically important location in the centre of the US bread basket in western Iowa. The budget for this capacity expansion is USD 1.7 billion with the new plants scheduled to come on stream in 2016.

For both fertiliser complexes ThyssenKrupp Uhde will be responsible for the basic engineering, detail engineering, procurement and supply services, as well as providing services during construction and commissioning.

CF Industries and ThyssenKrupp Uhde can already look back on decades of cooperation. ThyssenKrupp Uhde was last awarded a contract by CF Industries to expand a fertiliser complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in 1995, and has proved a reliable project partner.

"These fertiliser complexes in the USA are the next chapter in our ongoing success story with CF Industries," said Dr. Michael Thiemann, Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Uhde. "We have been chosen in the face of stiff competition not only as a result of our reference plants that have been successfully completed throughout the world, but also because we have convinced CFI of our technological capabilities. As the world market leader in converting natural gas to fertilisers, we will be able to further expand our position in the US market."

Source: ThyssenKrupp Uhde

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