CF Fertilisers UK (CFF UK) has announced its proposal to permanently close the ammonia plant at its Billingham Complex, citing reasons of ‘long-term sustainability’ and a desire to more efficiently serve its UK customer base.
Despite the shutdown, the company will continue to produce ammonium nitrate (AN) fertiliser and nitric acid at the site, harnessing the global availability of ammonia for import, including from CF Industries’ North American production network.
CFF UK has stated that the proposal was made due to its forecast that producing ammonia at Billingham will not be cost-competitive for the long-term compared to importing ammonia.
This is due to the high natural gas prices in the UK relative to other regions in addition to the impact of carbon costs.
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