Le Havre, France
The plant was built in the late 1960s on a reclaimed marsh area of 47 hectares leased from Le Havre harbor (GPMH). It is located in the industrial area near the River Seine estuary.
The site has two production units, an ammonia plant and a urea plant. Yara owns 100 percent of the site since June 2014.
Yara is able to ship ammonia by sea, rail or road to the company’s fertilizer and industrial customers.
Since 1975, the initial feedstock - naphta or butane - has been gradually replaced by natural gas. The plant is one of the major consumers of natural gas in France.
HESQ Certification : The plant has been certified ISO 9002 since 1994 for all its operations, including the distribution and sale of products for technical use. The plant has also the following certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and FamiQS.
Safety: The plant and its contractors are engaged in an ongoing safety process based on behavior (BST ®).
Inspection: The plant’s inspection department has been certified by French authorities (DREAL) since 1999 for pressure and storage vessels.
Facts about Le Havre
- 1969 Start of ammonia production
- 1970 Start of urea production
- 1986 Acquisition by Norsk Hydro
- 1999 Major revamp of ammonia
- 2004 Norsk Hydro Agri became Yara International ASA
Ammonia 400,000 tons
Urea 350,000 tons