Fertilizer BASF to sell fertilizer activities

Editor: Sonja Beyer

BASF plans to sell major parts of its fertilizers activities. This comprises production plants in Antwerp/Belgium and BASF’s 50 percent share of the joint venture PECRhin in Ottmarsheim/France.

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To be sold: fertilizer production plants at the Antwerp/Belgium site. (Picture: BASF)
To be sold: fertilizer production plants at the Antwerp/Belgium site. (Picture: BASF)

Ludwigshafen/Germany – The activities have a total annual capacity of approximately 2.5 million metric tons of fertilizer and account for less than 1 percenz of BASF Group’s total sales. The company plans to complete the transaction by the first quarter of 2012. In Antwerp, the scope includes plants for CAN/AN (calcium ammonium nitrate/ammonium nitrate) fertilizers, Nitrophoska fertilizers and nitrophosphoric acid as well as three related nitric acid plants. In a first step, it is planned to carve out the activities into a 100 percent BASF subsidiary. About 330 employees will transfer to the new company and later to the future purchaser. The company also plans to sell its shares in PEC-Rhin, which produces CAN/AN fertilizers and the respective intermediates, ammonia and nitric acid. The company is a 50-50 joint venture with GPN, a member of the French Total group, and currently has about 190 employees. The plants in Ludwigshafen are not included in the carve out as they have an essential function for important value chains within the Verbund site.

“Our fertilizer activities are profitable, but do not belong to our strategic core business,” explained Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, responsible for the Chemicals segment. BASF’s fertilizer activities are mainly focused on Europe. In 2000, a distribution contract between BASF and K+S Nitrogen (formerly fertiva) for all fertilizers produced by BASF was signed.