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Rio Grande fertilizer plant investment by Yara

Norwegian chemical firm Yara International is planning to invest $275m to expand and modernise its Rio Grande fertilizer plant in Brazil.

The facility is strategically located in southern Brazil, a key region in the country’s growing agricultural industry. The expansion, set for completion in 2020, is expected to create one of the most modern fertiliser sites in the Americas.

Yara president and CEO Svein Tore Holsether said: “This expansion represents another step in our Brazil growth strategy, further establishing our position in Brazil as a long-term industry player, committed to developing and investing in Brazilian agribusiness.”

The project will double the site’s current 800,000t annual fertiliser production and blending capacity, as well as provide customers with increased access to the company’s premium products.

Expansion is also said to also improve health, environment, safety and quality performance, including substantially lower emissions than required by legislation.

Tore Holsether further noted: “The project is possible thanks to the acquisition of Bunge Fertilizantes in 2013, creating further consolidation synergies through optimization, automation and de-bottlenecking of the combined assets.”

As part of the expansion, the scope of work will include new warehouses, new acidulation and granulation lines, fully automated blending and bagging equipment for small (50kg) and big (1t) bags, a boiler for steam production, a wastewater treatment plant and rest areas for truck drivers.

The plant already operates its own recently modernised and expanded pier, which is connected to the railway network and the industrial complex.

The expanded facility is expected to create more than a thousand direct and a further three to four thousand indirect employment opportunities.


EU proposes new rule to increase organic and waste-based fertilisers use

The European Commission (EU) has proposed a new regulation that seeks easy access of organic and waste-based fertilisers to the EU single market, putting them on a level playing field with conventional, non-organic fertilisers.

The new rule aims to create fresh market areas for new companies, and help to cut waste, energy consumption and environmental damage.

The EU recently adopted a circular economy package, which also mentions the re-use of raw materials that are currently disposed of as waste, and the commission’s new regulation establishes common rules on transforming bio-waste into raw materials that can be used to produce fertilising products.

“Very few of the abundant bio-waste resources are transformed into valuable fertilising products.”

It also describes safety, quality and labelling requirements that need to be adopted by fertilising products in order to be traded freely across the EU.

According to the rule, producers will have to ensure that their products meet those requirements and limits for organic contaminants, microbial contaminants and physical impurities before attaching the CE-mark, which is a mandatory traditional marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).

Besides being applied to all kinds of fertilisers to assure the highest levels of soil protection, the new rule also sets limits for thecadmium level of phosphate fertilisers.

The limits will be tightened from 60mg/kg to 40mg/kg after three years, and to 20mg/kg after 12 years, decreasing health and environmental risks.

For the fertilising products, which are not produced or traded cross-border in large quantities, the EU is recommending optional harmonisation.

As per the recommendation, depending on the traders’ business strategy and type of product, producers can either opt for CE marking on their product, helping it to trade freely in the single market according to common European rules, or have it traded according to national standards based on mutual recognition in the single market. This guarantees the principles of better regulation and subsidiarity.

European Commission jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness vice-president Jyrki Katainen said: “Very few of the abundant bio-waste resources are transformed into valuable fertilising products.

“Our farmers are using fertilisers manufactured from imported resources or from energy-intensive processes although our industry could valorise these bio-wastes in recycled nutrients.

“This regulation will help us turn problems into opportunities for farmers and businesses.”

The commission noted that the current Fertilisers Regulation from 2003 helps free movement of traditional, non-organic fertilisers, usually extracted from mines or produced chemically, in the single market.

These fertliser production processes consume high amounts of energy and emit huge levels of CO2. The existing Fertilisers Regulation does not cover new fertilising products produced from organic materials.

Therefore, access of the organic fertilising products to the single market is reliant on mutual recognition between EU member states, and due to different national rules, this is often difficult.

The current Fertilisers Regulation also does not address environmental concerns arising from contamination by fertilisers of soil, inland waters, sea waters, and food.


Borealis invests EUR 80 million in Linz location to boost long-term competitiveness

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces a new round of investments in its melamine and fertilizer production facilities in Linz, Austria. The heart of the so-called “Linz 2020” programme is a EUR 80 million investment package to boost the overall long-term competitiveness of the Linz location. Programme goals include improving plant efficiency and achieving better environmental performance by installing and implementing state-of-the art equipment and processes.

This latest round of investment follows on the heels of the “Linz Fitness” programme, in which EUR 145 million were invested in plant modernisation between the years 2010 and 2014. Building on these modernisation measures, a variety of additional upgrades are scheduled for completion by 2019. Most are infrastructure-related and will be carried out in the Linz Chemical Park, such as modernisation of the facility’s railway, including railway control systems, and installation of state-of-the-art lighting. Utility upgrades to the cooling water system and pipe racks will ensure reliable service in the long term to both Borealis and its Linz Chemical Park site partners.

The renovation and upgrade of Borealis’ own fertilizer storage facilities includes the replacement of ageing equipment that, among other things, will help further reduce dust emissions and enhance overall energy efficiency.

“Linz is already a role model for other Borealis fertilizer facilities when it comes to production reliability and performance,” explains Mark Garrett, Borealis Chief Executive. “What is more, it is also a crucial component of our global growth strategy in fertilizers. ‘Linz 2020’ is a four-year investment programme which will result in enhanced competitiveness now and many years down the road.”

The largest Borealis fertilizer production facility in Europe is in Linz, which is also the centre of melamine production. In addition, around 50,000 tonnes of melamine per year are produced at two plants located in the Linz Chemical Park. Major base chemicals produced here include ammonia, nitric acid and urea as well as NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) and CAN (calcium ammonium nitrate) fertilizers.


Toyo Engineering wins Chambal Ffertilizer plant contract in India

Toyo Engineering is building what would be one of the world’s largest fertilizer plants in India as the country moves to boost its self-sufficiency in the material to stabilize agricultural output for continued economic growth.

The Japanese company won a roughly 70 billion yen ($626 million) turnkey contract from Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals for a new plant in the northern state of Rajasthan. The facility will have a daily capacity of 4,000 tons of urea, a key agricultural fertilizer, and could come online as early as 2019.

The Indian government had restricted companies from expanding capacity to control the supply-demand balance of fertilizer while doling out subsidies to ensure a cheap supply. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of his campaign for economic reform, scrapped the government approval system for new plants in October 2014. This will be the first time a large plant is constructed in 20 years.

Toyo Engineering’s plant would increase India’s output capacity of urea by about 7%. India is pushing fertilizer makers to boost production and competitiveness, and the government hopes to cut back its subsidy scheme as well.

The primary sector, which consists mainly of agriculture, accounts for 20% of India’s gross domestic product and 50% of its labor. A cheap, stable supply of fertilizer will help the country boost food production as well.

Toyo Engineering has patented technology for urea production. It entered India in 1963 and has built 14 fertilizer plants in the country. The company logged a net loss for the fiscal year ended in March 2015 on its flagging petrochemical business in Brazil and other factors. Toyo Engineering is making further inroads in the fertilizer business, where it is highly competitive, to boost its earnings.

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Nitrogen Syngas 2016 - you will miss Fertilizer Recruitment this year!

Next week, starting on Feburary 29th, the Nitrogen+Syngas 2016 will start in Berlin, Germany.

Fertilizer Recruitment, exhibitor for several years, will not be present at the 2016 edition of this industry leading technical event where global companies announce new technological developments and discuss improvements in operating procedures.

The Nitrogen+Syngas conference is all about gaining knowledge, expanding networks, sharing ideas/thoughts and enjoy camaraderie with business relations and friends. So why will we not be present??

Because we are busy with a lot of our relations we have obtained during the N+S conferences and have developed into clients. It’s all about making decisions between having a splendid time with our relations at the conference or fulfilling our task by solving urgent recruitment & HR issues at our clients…….

Fertilizer Recruitment is the leading HR Service Provider and Recruitment Agency and provides resources to the ammonia/urea/fertilizer industry in particular and the (petro)chemical industry in general. FertilizerRecruitment has been involved in the licensing, design, engineering, construction and/or start-up processes of multiple fertilizer plants worldwide, representing global fertilizer manufacturers, ammonia/urea licensors, process equipment manufacturers and service providers.

Have a splendid Nitrogen+Syngas 2016 conference and enjoy the business that will return to your company, just like us!

13th Stamicarbon Urea Symposium 2016

9 May – 12 May 2016, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Once every four years Stamicarbon organizes the Stamicarbon Urea Symposium for their Clients, Producers, Contractors, Suppliers, Consultants and other stakeholders in the urea industry. You will have the ultimate opportunity to exchange knowledge and developments with members of the Stamicarbon urea team and your peers in the industry. The program will be very interesting with excellent plenary presentations about innovations, market developments and product offerings and dedicated parallel sessions about specific subjects like maintenance, revamping, product applications and SHE aspects.

The Stamicarbon urea Symposium is a unique, exclusive event for Stamicarbon customers only.

Nitrogen + Syngas 2016 Conference

The world’s leading annual nitrogen + syngas event

The most respected technical conference in the industry – now in its 29th year

Nitrogen + Syngas is the industry’s leading technical event where global companies announce new technological developments and discuss improvements in operating procedures. Held annually, the last Nitrogen + Syngas conference in Istanbul attracted a record attendance with over 660 international delegates from 50+ countries.

Whether you are investing in a new plant, revamping an existing plant, or maintaining your plant to achieve optimal production, safety and environmental performance, Nitrogen + Syngas is the must attend event. Make sure that you put the dates in your diary and join the other producers, licensors and service providers who will be attending Nitrogen + Syngas 2016 on 29 February – 3 March in Berlin.







The global nitrogen market has taken a negative turn and prices have fallen to global cost floor set by Chinese urea producers. The cause of this? A decade of high nitrogen prices and a central bank-induced era of cheap capital combined to create a nitrogen investment boom. The dramatic expansion of capacity that followed has oversupplied the market and depressed prices. And with the US building boom that started in 2012 finally being realised later this year as CF Industries commences urea production at its Donaldsonville expansion in Louisiana, capacity will continue to cast a long shadow over global nitrogen markets.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. Nitrogen producers in the USA, Europe and Russia are all enjoying an enviable bout of production cost deflation, as collapsed oil prices feed through into natural gas markets. CRU estimates that these cuts in production costs are amounting to a 15-20% saving in Europe and the US over-production costs last year. And a whopping 30% saving in Russia, where the weak rouble has provided a remarkable boost to competitiveness!

Further uncertainty is gathering on the horizon. Economic output from the emerging markets that have driven nitrogen consumption growth – and prices – over the last decade is slowing. And the market is now waiting to see what the decelerating Chinese and Indian economies, as well as recessions in Russia and Brazil, have in store for nitrogen demand in 2016.

As global nitrogen markets move into a state of oversupply, it is now more important than ever for producers to stay informed about the latest market developments that are impacting worldwide production. And, in current market conditions, updates on new technological developments that improve the efficiency and safe operation of nitrogen and syngas plants are crucial.

Nitrogen + Syngas is firmly established as the premier industry event for the nitrogen market, having been an annual opportunity for the industry to meet, learn and network for nearly three decades. Now in its 29th year, the conference explores the impacts of key market trends, feedstock outlooks, project updates and supply and demand forecasts throughout the commercial programme, with presentations from respected industry figures, and high level analysis from CRU’s Nitrogen team.


Fatima’s Midwest Fertilizer Co awards EPC to ThyssenKrupp

Midwest Fertilizer Company announced yesterday that it had awarded the EPC contract for its world-scale nitrogen fertilizer complex to ThyssenKrupp.

This is the first real progress for the project in over a year: in Spring 2015, the previous EPC contract negotiations with Tecnimont collapsed. In the meantime, Midwest’s sponsor, Fatima Fertilizer Company, has been busy wrangling regulatory issues with its equity raise in Pakistan, the $1.259 billion bond has been retired and reauthorized maybe a half dozen times, and the air permit has been extended until June 2017.

Now that Midwest has finally secured its goal of a lump-sum turnkey EPC contract, which removes a lot of uncertainty about project costs and reduces the project risk (and thus financing cost), it hopes to reach financial close and begin construction by mid-2016. Given the pace of progress thus far, this might or might not be realistic.

The announcement is here.

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CF Industries Holdings announced today that it has agreed with Yara International ASA to acquire its 50 percent equity interest in GrowHow UK Limited for total cash consideration of $580 million, making GrowHow a wholly owned subsidiary. At closing, the GrowHow business will be consolidated into CF Industries with a cash free, debt free balance sheet. GrowHow owns and operates nitrogen production facilities in Ince and Billingham, U.K.

“We are pleased to announce this agreement to acquire Yara’s interest in GrowHow,” commented Tony Will, president and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “The operations have an advantaged position in an import-dependent region. We know GrowHow well and expect a mid-teens return profile for the acquisition. The purchase of the remaining interest in GrowHow is a continuation of CF Industries’ track record of pursuing shareholder value-creating capital deployment.”

The Ince facility is located in northwestern England and consists of an ammonia plant, three nitric acid plants, an ammonium nitrate (AN) plant and three NPK fertilizer compound plants. The Billingham facility is located in the Teesside chemical area in northeastern England, and consists of an ammonia plant, three nitric acid plants, a carbon dioxide plant and an AN fertilizer plant. Combined, the two facilities have the capacity to produce approximately 0.9 million short tons of gross ammonia, 1.2 million short tons of AN and 0.4 million short tons of NPK compounds.

As of May 31, 2015, prior to purchase accounting and on a U.S. GAAP basis, GrowHow had total inventories of £66 million, receivables of £41 million, and fixed assets of £195 million. The company also had current liabilities of £43 million, long-term payables of £14 million, and a net pension deficit of £90 million.

The U.K. is dependent on imports of nitrogen to meet its consumption demands. Nitrogen imports primarily consist of AN and urea with ammonia accounting for a negligible portion of imports. Currently, imports of AN to the U.K. make up approximately 45% (700,000 short tons) of supply. Additionally, U.K. natural gas costs have fallen meaningfully along with oil prices. In terms of delivered cost of AN to the U.K., GrowHow is positioned at the low end of the U.K. supply curve.

CF Industries has extensive knowledge of and familiarity with the GrowHow business as a result of its involvement with the GrowHow joint venture over the last five years. Earnings from CF Industries’ 50 percent interest in GrowHow are currently included in CF Industries’ financial statements under Equity in Earnings of Non-Operating Affiliates – Net of Taxes. Following the closing of the acquisition of the outstanding interests, the results will be included in CF Industries’ consolidated results. The final purchase price is subject to closing adjustments. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur later this year.




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