Fertiliser Industry Shale Gas Ensures Pole Position for the USA

Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

For the fertiliser industry, a golden age could lie ahead–American shale gas, exploding population figures and climate change are driving the demand for artificial fertilisers. Drawing on the GROAB project database, PROCESS summarises for you plant construction projects worldwide in 2014 and looks into the future of the fertiliser industry.

Number of fertiliser plant projects ordered in 2014 according to continent, with estimated investment sum and planned production capacity.
Number of fertiliser plant projects ordered in 2014 according to continent, with estimated investment sum and planned production capacity.
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Plant constructors and component suppliers are rubbing their hands: in the USA in particular, thanks to low gas prices, the fertiliser industry is growing and thriving. But Europe, Africa and Asia, too, want to profit from the constantly rising demand. Although farmers are constantly becoming more selective and economical in using these agents, consumption is even rising in Europe.

The experts at Ceresana predict an annual growth in consumption of 1.5 % until 2021. The market researchers from Statista therefore expect constant turnover growth in the sector. From 4.2 billion Euros in 2013, they anticipate a rise in turnover in Germany to 5.5 billion Euros in 2018. For turnover in the USA, the researchers foresee a growth in the phosphate-containing fertiliser sector to 12.3 billion Dollars in 2018. With nitrogen-containing fertilisers, they expect a rise to 10.25 billion Dollars in the same period.

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In the USA, CHS released a thunderbolt last year. This American agricultural cooperative showed it is serious and realised its plan for major investments in the fertiliser business. In Spiritwood Energy Park, north of Jamestown, North Dakota, a world-scale ammoniac plant will be set up. This 3 billion Dollar investment is due to produce more than 2400 tons of ammoniac for fertiliser production. This large plant will not be the last. If the dramatically falling oil prices do not make shale gas production completely uneconomical, further new fertiliser plants – especially in the USA – will in future shoot out of the ground.

Further Information about this building project, further fertiliser plants and around 3400 other large plant construction projects with client, capacity, location and investment sum etc. can be found in the GROAB database.

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