CF Industries plans to build low-carbon ammonia plant in US

Fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings expects a roughly $2 billion price tag for a U.S. plant it plans to build with Mitsui & Co to produce low-carbon ammonia for fuel, Chief Executive Tony Will said.

The project, announced this week, aims to meet rising global demand for clean energy.

The companies will share the cost, with CF Industries owning 52% of the intended joint venture and Mitsui owning the rest.

CF Industries has cash on hand thanks to booming prices for fertilizer and on Wednesday reported quarterly record earnings. Sanctions against exporters Russia and Belarus over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine have tightened global fertilizer supplies and boosted prices.

CF Industries, the world’s largest ammonia producer, and Mitsui said theysecured a site on the U.S. Gulf Coast for the “blue ammonia” plant that could begin production in 2027. Ammonia is deemed “blue” when made with fossil fuel and a subsequent carbon capture and storage process.

The plant is expected to produce about 1 million to 1.4 million tonnes a year and will be aimed toward exports, Will said on the call.

CF Industries plans to oversee plant operations, while Mitsui will handle marketing and distribution into Asia.

The consumption of oil for transportation is one of the top contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.


Tags: CF Industries, Clean Energy, Low Carbon Ammonia, Mitsui & Co
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