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Fertilizer co. files application to construct clean ammonia plant

A fertilizer company today filed an application for a permit to build a clean ammonia plant in Louisiana.

PCS Nitrogen, a subsidiary of Canada-based Nutrien, today filed an application to construct a clean ammonia facility in Geismar, Louisiana.

In the filing with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Nutrien is asking for a permit “to clear, grade, excavate and deposit fill and/or aggregate material to construct and maintain a clean ammonia plant to include a river water intake structure and ship dock, a pipeline crossing over the levee, an Entergy substation, and a heavy haul road crossing the levee […]”

Nutrien said last year it was suspending work on the Geismar blue ammonia project due to higher expected capital costs of between 10 – 15% along with uncertain end-market demand.

A Nutrien representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In announcing the project in 2022, Nutrien said the project would cost approximately $2bn to build and achieve a 90% reduction of CO2 emissions. It would have begun construction in 2024 and reached commercial operations in 2027.

The company had signed a letter of intent with Mitsubishi Corporation for offtake of up to 40% of expected production from the proposed plant to deliver to the Asian fuel market, including Japan.

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