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Koch Fertilizer to invest US$140 million in Fort Dodge nitrogen facility

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Koch Fertilizer anticipates investing nearly US$140 million at its Fort Dodge plant in Iowa, US, to revamp existing production processes, which is expected to increase ammonia production capacity by 85 000 tpy. The investment also will further improve reliability as well as environmental and safety performance.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and the revamped processes are expected to be fully operational by Autumn 2022.

“These investments reinforce our confidence in the future of the ammonia market and allow us to better serve our customers,” said Scott McGinn, Executive Vice President of Koch Fertilizer.

The project builds on previous projects that increased ammonia storage and improved loading at the plant. Koch Fertilizer recently spent around US$20 million to increase ammonia storage at the site by replacing and upsizing one of the site’s cryogenic storage tanks.

Additionally, the company completed improvements to the ammonia loading process, doubling ammonia loading capacity at the site. The improvements included new loading racks and pumps, and improved heating capacity for the loading racks, allowing trucks to fill faster and greatly reducing customer wait times during peak seasons.

“In the last five years, we’ve made several investments to improve the customer experience and ensure the longevity of the Fort Dodge plant,” said Shawn Campbell, Fort Dodge Plant Manager. “Modification to our ammonia heating and pumping capability was a key improvement. Not only can we load trucks faster, but the loading rates are no longer impacted by plant operating rates.”

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