April 20, 2017
Commissioning of the new urea plant at Agrium’s Borger, Texas nitrogen facility is complete, and the project has entered startup mode.
With construction completed in early January, commissioning – quality checks, testing, inspections and cleaning – occurred over the past couple of months and startup kicked off at the end of March. During startup, a lot of work goes into what seems to be a simple process – multiple training and system checks are completed to ensure our end goal of safe urea production.
The plant is now ramping up to full operational production, which we expect to achieve by the end of the second quarter of 2017. When the ramp-up is complete, the facility will have the capacity to make 610,000 tonnes of urea per year – more than a six-fold increase over current capacity. This will put the Borger facility on par for volume with Agrium’s Carseland and Fort Saskatchewan nitrogen facilities in Alberta, Canada.
But the expansion means more than just an increase in urea capacity. About 100,000 tonnes of the new production will be used to create Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), an industrial product used to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in diesel vehicles. Creating DEF helps to diversify our market portfolio, and the fact that it helps reduce emissions from diesel engines is good for the environment and supports Agrium’s commitment to sustainability.