Yara’s Cartagena production sites are located in two separate locations 700 meters from each other, referred as the “North Site” and “South Site” in the Mamonal industrial zone, 11 km south of Cartagena, Colombia.
In the early 60s, the complex was part of the state-owned oil refinery. Later on, it was privatized and expanded to meet fertilizer market demands.
Natural gas, the main raw material, is received via a pipeline from offshore facilities in the La Guajira peninsula, in the extreme north of the country.
The site has:
- One ammonia plant
- Three nitric acid plants
- One NPK plant
- Three ammonium nitrate solution units (two of them fully dedicated to NPK production and one dedicated to industrial customers). Those units produce a solution containing 83% ammonium nitrate.
- One calcium nitrate plant
Electricity is generated on site by two gas-fired turbines. Ammonia produced on site is consumed in the manufacturing of finished fertilizer products. The majority of the NPK finished products are sold locally, however significant volumes of calcium nitrate are sold overseas.
Our operations are based on the Quality Management System. This system supports our process’ certification , according to standard ISO 9001.
Environmental plans have been agreed upon with the regional authorities. We are also members of the initiative Responsibility Care chapter Colombia, focused on safe product and process management and social and environmental cooperation with sustainability development.
For products exportation, we are certified by BASC (Business Alliance for Secure Commerce), an international business alliance created to promote secure international trade in cooperation with governments and international organizations.