Peru fertilizer plant would need gas line

A grassroots nitrogen fertilizer complex under consideration in Peru would require construction of about 100 miles of gas pipeline.

Jun 4th, 2009

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 4 -- A grassroots nitrogen fertilizer complex under consideration in Peru would require construction of about 100 miles of gas pipeline.

CF Industries, Deerfield, Ill., has let a lump-sum contract to Technip of Paris for front-end engineering design of the complex, proposed to be built near the coastal city of San Juan de Marcona.

The complex, Peru's first major nitrogen fertilizer facility, would use natural gas from Camisea area fields about 300 miles northeast.

The contract covers a 2,600-ton/day ammonia unit, a 3,850-ton/day urea synthesis plant, a 3,850-ton/day urea granulation unit, and utility and offsite facilities.

Work is to be complete by yearend, after which a decision will be made whether to proceed.

The plant would require a link to a pipeline that carries Camisea gas to fractionation facilities in Pisco, south of the site of a liquefaction plant under construction by the Peru LNG consortium (OGJ Online, Jan. 30, 2009).

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