Koch to dial up ammonia fertilizer output at Brandon

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Koch Industries’ fertilizer manufacturing arm has budgeted $30 million for equipment and “process improvements” to step up ammonia production at its Brandon, Man. plant.

The project, which is expected to begin in the second half of 2014, is described as an “initial investment” which “provides the foundation for a series of further ammonia projects to increase capacity, which could total 90,000 additional tons annually,” the company said Thursday.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2015, Koch said.

On top of that expansion work, Koch said Thursday it’s also now “considering” a project to boost urea production capacity at the Brandon plant.

Kansas-based Koch, one of the biggest privately-held companies in the U.S., bought the Brandon nitrogen plant from Simplot Canada in 2006 to form a new subsidiary, Koch Fertilizers Canada.

Koch in September this year also announced plans to begin producing its nitrogen-stabilized product SuperU at the Brandon plant.

The Brandon facility — which makes anhydrous ammonia, urea, UAN solutions, nitric acid, ammonium nitrate solution, ammonium polyphosphate and ammonium thiosulfate — was the first in Canada for Koch Nitrogen, which along with Koch Fertilizers Canada and Koch Agronomic Services is an affiliate of Koch Fertilizer.

Scott McGinn, Koch Nitrogen’s senior vice-president for North America, said Thursday the company “will continue to evaluate further production expansion opportunities.” — AGCanada.com Network

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