Nov 14, 2008
The plants in Le Havre and Sluiskil transform natural gas into ammonia and urea, which are the main components in the production of nitrogen fertilizers and chemicals. The Le Havre plant has an annual production capacity of 400,000 tons of ammonia and 350,000 tons of urea. The plant in Sluiskil is reducing production equivalent to 900,000 tons of ammonia and 200,000 tons of urea on an annual basis.
The decision to stop production temporarily is related to the current situation in international ammonia and urea markets.
The Le Havre plant will be conserved and on standby for start-up when market conditions improve. Lay-offs are not anticipated, as employees will attend to plant safety and other tasks.
Yara will continue to fulfil customer contracts from built-up stock and alternative product sourcing. This demonstrates the flexibility in Yara's business model, enabling a reduction in energy cost by stopping ammonia production and instead importing cheaper ammonia to Sluiskil as raw material for nitrate production.
The curtailments in Le Havre and Sluiskil, combined with the previously announced stop in Ferrara, reduce Yara's global production by 1.9 million tons ammonia and 1.1 million tons urea on an annual basis. In energy terms these curtailments represent an annualised reduction in natural gas consumption of approximately 65 million MMBtu.
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