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.
The site has three ammonia plants, four CO2 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 (CO2 production, 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
||First production of ammonium sulfate at the site
||First production of nitric acid and nitrates
|1940 - 1950
||No production at the site
||First production of urea
||Change from coke oven gas to natural gas for ammonia production
||First production of granular urea in fluid bed granulator
||Acquisition by Norsk Hydro
|1984 - 1989
||Ammonia units D/E and nitric acid 7 in production
||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
||Hydro Agri Sluiskil BV becomes Yara Sluiskil BV
||New gas turbine power plant
||Start revamp ammonia grid
||Decision to build new urea 7 solution plant