USA: Plant Engineering Koch Fertilizer to Invest 140 Million Dollars for Revamping Ammonia Plant
Koch Fertilizer has plans to revamp its existing production processes at its Fort Dodge plant in Iowa, USA. On completion, the company aims to increase its ammonia production capacity by 85,000 tonnes annually.
Iowa/USA – Koch Fertilizer anticipates investing nearly 140 million dollars at its Fort Dodge plant in Iowa to revamp existing production processes, which is expected to increase yearly ammonia production capacity by 85,000 tonnes. The investment 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 the fall of 2022. “These investments reinforce our confidence in the future of the ammonia market and allow us to better serve our customers,” said Scott Mc Ginn, Koch Fertilizer executive vice president.
The project builds on previous projects that increased ammonia storage and improved loading at the plant. Koch Fertilizer recently spent around 20 million dollars 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.”
Further improving the loading experience, Koch Fertilizer developed a transportation management app, called Load View, which was introduced to the Fort Dodge plant in 2019.
The app allows truck drivers to pre-check into Koch Fertilizer facilities and track their training and inspection requirements, so they can load faster. With Load View, Koch Fertilizer has reduced loading time by approximately six minutes per truck during the peak fertilizer season.