Yara International and BASF Group are building an ammonia plant that uses hydrogen as raw material at BASF’s site in Freeport, Texas. The plant will have a capacity of about 750,000 metric tons per year. Yara owns 68% of the plant and BASF owns 32%. Each party will offtake ammonia in accordance with its equity share. Total capital investment for the plant is estimated at $600 million. Yara is also building an ammonia tank at the BASF terminal, bringing Yara’s total investment in the project to $490 million. BASF is upgrading its current terminal and pipeline assets.
KBR, Inc, Houston, Texas, was awarded a fixed price turnkey contract for the engineering, procurement and construction. Plant completion is expected by the end of 2017. Yara will manage construction of the plant while BASF will operate the plant and the export terminal.