Plans to build an ammonia plant, as a joint venture between chemicals firm BASF and Yara, at a site in Freeport, Texas have been revealed today.
In a statement, it is said that both BASF and Yara have made good progress with their plan to jointly build a world-scale ammonia plant on the US Gulf Coast. The proposed plant would be located at the existing BASF site in Freeport, Texas, have an annual capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes, and be based on a hydrogen-synthesis process. Further details of the planned joint venture are currently under discussion between the parties. The project is subject to final approval from the respective boards of directors of BASF and Yara.
BASF, which has a strong presence in the United States, is currently a major user of ammonia for its US downstream activities and intends to further strengthen its backward integration. Yara, with its global ammonia network and market expertise, seeks to strengthen its presence in the United States.