Brunsbüttel is located in Germany, on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein at the point where the Kiel Canal and the River Elbe meet the North Sea. This offers direct access to both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
The site has two production units, an ammonia plant and a urea plant. An air separation unit in the ammonia synthesis plant delivers the air gases nitrogen, oxygen and argon used for various technical and industrial purposes.
The ammonia plant is unlike Yara’s other ammonia units because it is designed to use natural gas as well as heavy fuel oil residues as feedstock.
A special unit recovers elementary sulfur and vanadium from the ashes of heavy fuel oil combustion. These products are used as raw material for production of sulfuric acid or in the steel industry (chromium/vanadium steels e.g. for tools or machines).
Several grades of ammonia and urea are produced with specifications tailored to meet market needs. Technical aqueous solutions like AdBlue/Air 1 and Reductan for reduction of NOx from trucks and power plants is delivered to the international market.
The Brunsbüttel site has been certified according to the international standards for quality ISO 9001, for environment ISO 14001, for safety OHSAS 18001 and for energy ISO 50001 (in 2013). In addition, production of feed grade urea from Brunsbüttel plant has been permitted by the authorities and is certified according European FAMI-QS-Standard.
Facts about Brunsbüttel
1975 Decision to build plant by VEBA
1978 Start-up of ammonia plant
1979 Start-up of urea plant
1985 Taken over by Norsk Hydro
2004 Becomes part of independent company Yara International ASA after Yara’s operations are spun off from Norsk Hydro
Ammonia 750,000 tons
Urea 620,000 tons
Air1/Reductan 100,000 tons