CF starts operations at Louisiana UAN plant

CF achieves consistent UAN operations at Donaldsonville nitrogen complex, making it world's largest operating single-train UAN plant.

CF Industries Holdings Inc. announced that the new urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) plant at its Donaldsonville, La., Nitrogen Complex that was started up in early March 2016 has achieved consistent, stable operations. The plant has produced more than 80,000 tons of UAN since start-up.

This is the second new plant to be commissioned and started up as part of CF's major capacity expansion projects in North America. It is the largest operating single-train UAN plant in the world.

“The finish line for our Donaldsonville capacity expansion project is now in sight,” said Tony Will, president and chief executive officer of CF Industries Holdings. “The new UAN and granular urea plants are running consistently at or above nameplate capacities, and the new ammonia plant is within a few weeks of being mechanically completed.”

Total annual UAN capacity at Donaldsonville is now 4.2 million product tons, up from 2.4 million tons previously. The Donaldsonville complex has the flexibility to switch upgraded product production between UAN and urea products, so the actual product mix of UAN, granular urea and other urea products will vary based on market conditions.

Upon completion of the new ammonia plant, the Donaldsonville complex will be the largest nitrogen facility in the world, according to the announcement.

CF Industries Holdings, based in Deerfield, Ill., manufactures and distributes nitrogen products, serving agricultural and industrial customers. CF operates nitrogen manufacturing complexes in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. and distributes plant nutrients through a system of terminals, warehouses and associated transportation equipment located primarily in the midwestern U.S.

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