Since 2005, US natural gas production has increased almost 50 percent because of shale discoveries and horizontal drilling technology. With this new supply combined with lower production costs, reliance on importing nitrogen into the US is likely to decrease in the years ahead.

Key Figures:

  • It takes about 33mmBtu of natural gas to produce one short ton of ammonia
  • Ammonia projects under construction will add almost 175mn mmBtu/yr to natural gas consumption, equating to nearly .5 bcf/day
  • These new ammonia projects will add over 2 percent to the current industrial natural gas consumption run rate of 22 bcf/day