About Yara

Sluiskil, Netherlands

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The site has been located since 1929 on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal, a major waterway opening through the Western Scheldt into the North Sea and connecting to European waterways. As with many European fertilizer complexes, development of the site was linked to the availability of coke oven gas from a neighboring coke factory.
Sluiskil, Netherlands

Production units

The site has three ammonia plants, two nitric acid plants, two urea plants (one prilling and one granulation) and two nitrate granulation plants. Sluiskil has Yara’s  (and Europe’s) largest installed ammonia and nitrate fertilizer capacities In recent years, production of both aqueous ammonia and AdBlue products such as Air 1® for environmental solutions has increased.

A connection to the European gas grid enables flexibility in sourcing natural gas from various parties selling gas through the grid. Electricity, another key input, is generated on site. Approximately 70 percent of ammonia production on site is consumed in the production of finished fertilizer products; the balance is purchased by Yara’s Ammonia Trade and Shipping unit (ATS) for resale to Yara’s production system or to third parties. The majority of the finished product volumes are sold in European markets, but significant volumes are sold overseas, mainly in the Americas.


The Total Quality System provides the framework for quality in all aspects of our daily operations. The system is the sound basis for certificates obtained for product quality (ISO 9001), environment (ISO 14001), occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001) and the Yara Sluiskil Occupational Health Service (in accordance with Dutch legislation). In addition, our food grade products have been audited using HACCP methodology (ISO 22000). The further development/optimization of product stewardship and security will also fit into the TQS framework.

Environmental four-year plans have been agreed upon with the regional authorities of the Province of Zeeland. The major topics of this Site Policy Plan, i.e. the installation of de-NOx units in our nitric acid plants 6 and 7 and the upgrading of our power plant (the latter resulting in a substantial reduction of thermal load to the Ghent Terneuzen Canal) were successfully implemented.

More recently de-N2O technology was implemented in both nitric acid plants and the supply of waste heat to greenhouses was agreed. Both resulted in a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A reduction of Sluiskil’s ammonia exports resulting in lower transportation risk (high on the agenda of the Dutch national government) was facilitated with the agreement to build a new urea 7 solution plant.

The results of the environmental policy are communicated to the public's advisory panel on a regular basis.

Facts about Sluiskil

Key dates
1930 First production of ammonium sulfate at the site
1938 First production of nitric acid and nitrates
1940 - 1950 No production at the site
1958 First production of urea
1966 Change from coke oven gas to natural gas for ammonia production
1979 First production of granular urea in fluid bed granulator
1979 Acquisition by Norsk Hydro
1984 - 1989 Ammonia units D/E and nitric acid 7 in production
1989 First unit for production of liquid CO2
1990 - 2000 Further development of CO2 production, revamp unit C, start introduction H-Gas in ammonia plants
2002 - 2003 Upgrade power generation and distribution
2004 Hydro Agri Sluiskil BV becomes Yara Sluiskil BV
2005 New gas turbine power plant
2007 Start revamp ammonia grid
2008 Decision to build new urea 7 solution plant
Production volumes
Ammonia 1,700,000 tons
Urea 750,000 tons
Nitric acid 1,275,000 tons
Nitrates 1,800,000 tons

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Yara Sluiskil B.V
Industrieweg 10
NL-4541 HJ Sluiskil
Tel: +31 11 547 4444
Fax: +31 11 547 2688
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