Yara Sluiskil BV has contracted Uhde GmbH to design and build a new world-scale urea plant to replace old assets at its Sluiskil production site in the Netherlands. Yara will invest in total approximately EUR 400 million on the site, to produce 1.3 million tons per year from 2011.
“This expansion takes advantage of urea upgrading margins on excess ammonia capacity in Sluiskil, in addition to improving energy efficiency, environmental performance and maintenance cost. Long-term fertilizer prices will need to reflect the higher construction cost levels to motivate new supply in a tight and growing global fertilizer market, and this investment underlines the value of our existing nitrogen capacity combined with a strong distribution business,” says Sven Ombudstvedt, CFO and Head of Strategy at Yara International.
Yara Sluiskil produces ammonia, nitric acid, nitrates, urea, liquid fertilizer, liquefied CO2 for the food industry and environmental products such as AdBlue. AdBlue is an aqueous urea solution used in emission control devices for NOX reduction on commercial vehicles. The Sluiskil plant ranks among the largest and most efficient European fertilizer facilities.