In 2013 Upstream continued to add capacity and improve productivity in the production system, backing Yara’s ambition of increasing deliveries.
Yara´s Upstream segment is responsible for large-scale production of nitrogen-based products as well as phosphoric acid and feed phosphates. We operate 15 ammonia plants and a number of production units for urea, nitric acid, nitrates, NPKs and phosphate, providing the foundation for Yara’s fertilizer and industrial solutions.
“Safety and reliability have highest priority and are decisive for our performance and productivity.”
Gerd Löbbert, Head of Upstream
We are the world’s largest producer of ammonia, nitrates and NPKs, combining cost-efficient raw material sourcing with strong operational efficiency, industrial expertise, clean production technologies and safety to provide competitiveness.
In 2013 we realized growth in several ways, adding capacity with the assets acquired from Bunge in Brazil, expanding capacity at Yara Porsgrunn, Norway and improving regularity in our plants. We entered into discussions with BASF on a possible joint investment in a world scale ammonia plant on the Gulf Coast of the USA, and we are preparing for the integration of new facilities in Latin America, pending the approval of the acquisition of OFD Holding Inc. Our attention to safety remained high, and despite a tragic fatality at Yara Porsgrunn, we saw injury rates steadily improving over the course of the year.