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CF Industries completes Donaldsonville complex expansion

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CF Industries Holdings Inc. has reported that its new ammonia plant at its Donaldsonville, Louisiana, US, nitrogen complex was started-up in September 2016, and has now achieved consistent, stable operation over the nameplate capacity of approximately 3600 short tpd. The plant has produced more than 50 000 short t of ammonia since start-up.

This is the final new plant to be commissioned and started-up as part of CF’s capacity expansion project at Donaldsonville. It is the largest ammonia plant by nameplate capacity in the world, sharing that distinction with three ammonia plants in Saudi Arabia.

“The start-up of the new ammonia plant signals the completion of our Donaldsonville capacity expansion project,” said Tony Will, President and CEO of CF Industries Holdings Inc. “With all three new plants from the expansion running consistently at or above nameplate capacities, Donaldsonville’s expanded asset base and unmatched logistics capabilities are ideally positioned to serve customers in North America and around the world, while strengthening our cash generation now and into the future.”

Total gross ammonia capacity at Donaldsonville is now 4.3 million tpy, up from 3.1 million tpy previously. The Donaldsonville complex has flexibility to switch production from merchant ammonia to upgraded products, so the actual mix of net ammonia and upgraded products for sale will vary based on market conditions.

With the commissioning and start-up of the new ammonia plant, the Donaldsonville complex is now the largest nitrogen facility in the world.

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