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Published May 20, 2013, 09:38 AM

Several groups pursuing plans

Other ag interests in the U.S. and Canada are developing similar plans for nitrogen fertilizer facilities

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

Several more developments and plans for nitrogen fertilizer in the U.S. and Canada have been announced. They include:

•Agrebon Inc. — This is a Colorado group, in concert with former North Dakota Corn Growers leaders, using “angel fund” tax breaks. The project contemplates smaller, $20 million, bolt-on manufacturing facilities to be added to existing corn ethanol manufacturers, initially in Casselton and Hankinson in North Dakota.

•Agrium — The Canada-based company has indicated budgeting for a green field project in the Corn Belt, with Missouri or Kentucky the “likely candidate locations,” according to market information provider Independent Chemical Information Services.

•Boewulf Energy LLC — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved up to a $1 million grant for New York City-based Boewulf to develop its $5 million N-Flex “distributed ammonia technology,” a portable plan to collect flare gas from remote areas not connected to pipelines, to make into fertilizer. The project could expand to $50 million.

• CF Industries — In November 2012, the company announced plans to build a $3.8 billion ammonia and urea/urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) project in Donaldsonville, La., and in Port Neal, Iowa. The plants are to be served by existing gas supplies from the mid-continent U.S. and Canada, but perhaps from the Williston Basin in North Dakota and South Dakota.

•CHS Inc. — The company says it is exploring the potential of building a $1 billion fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, N.D., to produce 800,000 tons per year of ammonia.

•Farmers of North America — Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the company on Jan. 13 announced the formation of North America Fertilizer Limited Partnership to explore a way for farmers to become involved in building a fertilizer facility. They’re in a seed capital campaign.

•Orascom Construction Industries — Egypt-based Orascom will build a nitrogen plant in Weaver, Iowa, run by a subsidiary, Iowa Fertilizer Co.

•Yara Belle Plaine Inc., Regina, Saskat-chewan — A Norway-based nitrogen manufacturing company makes 1.1 million tons of predominantly granular urea per year in Regina, as well as UAN and anhydrous ammonia. In 2012, the company announced prospects of doubling production in Saskatchewan.