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World Scale Plant BASF and Yara Broke Ground on Ammonia Plant in USA

| Editor: Tobias Hüser

Yara and BASF broke ground on a world scale ammonia plant at the BASF U.S.-site in Freeport, Texas. Total capital investment for the plant – which is expected to come online in 2017 – is estimated at $600 million.

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Groundbreaking in Freeport (Pictured from left to right): Dirk Reinelt, SVP of the Senior Project Shale Gas, BASF Corporation, Wayne T. Smith, Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation, Torgeir Kvidal, Acting President and CEO of Yara International, Stefano Pigozzi, President Monomers of BASF Corporation and Chris Witte, SVP and General Manager of the Freeport Site, BASF Corporation.
Groundbreaking in Freeport (Pictured from left to right): Dirk Reinelt, SVP of the Senior Project Shale Gas, BASF Corporation, Wayne T. Smith, Chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation, Torgeir Kvidal, Acting President and CEO of Yara International, Stefano Pigozzi, President Monomers of BASF Corporation and Chris Witte, SVP and General Manager of the Freeport Site, BASF Corporation.
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Oslo/Norway, Florham Park/USA – The plant will have a capacity of about 750,000 metric tons per year and will be owned 68 percent by Yara and 32 percent by BASF. Each party will off-take ammonia from the plant in accordance with its equity share.

BASF will use its share of ammonia from the plant to produce caprolactam, a key ingredient in the manufacture of nylons for carpet, textiles, film, monofilaments, and wire and cable. Yara will market the remainder mostly to industrial customers in North America, in addition to supplying the agricultural sector.

As part of the project, Yara will build an ammonia tank at the BASF terminal and BASF will upgrade its current terminal and pipeline assets for the export of ammonia from the new plant. “BASF is in a period of significant investment in North America,” said Wayne T. Smith, Chairman & CEO of BASF Corporation and member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF. “Through the joint investment with Yara, we can take advantage of world-scale production economics and the attractive raw material costs in the United States.“

Nitrogen and Hydrogen Agreement with Praxair

The hydrogen based process that will be used in the new plant significantly reduces capital expenditures and maintenance compared to a traditional natural gas based ammonia plant. A long-term supply agreement for nitrogen and hydrogen has been signed with the industrial gases company Praxair, linking the feedstock variable cost to the advantageous natural gas prices available at the U.S. Gulf coast.

EPC-Contract for KBR

KBR has been awarded a fixed price turnkey contract for the engineering, procurement and construction. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Yara will manage construction of the plant; BASF will operate the plant. Peak construction for the project will create up to 550 jobs.

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