Koch Nitrogen to build new urea plant
• KBR, a global engineering, construction and services company, will provide urea engineering and procurement services.
• Stamicarbon, the global market leader in licensing of urea technology and services, will provide urea synthesis and granulation technology.
“As crop production increases throughout North America, we are seeing an increasing demand for fertilizer from our customers,” said Steve Packebush, president of Koch Fertilizer, LLC. “With this additional production, we’ll be in a much better position to meet that demand. We look forward to breaking ground on this project, while continuing to evaluate enhancements at our four other North American facilities.”
The positive economic impact to the city of Enid and surrounding communities over the next three years will be substantial. During the 18-24 months of construction, 500 to 800 new construction jobs are projected to be created. In addition, a total of 20-30 permanent employees will ultimately be added to support the new plant.
The Koch Nitrogen facility in Enid is one of the largest fertilizer production plants in North America, producing ammonia, UAN (liquid fertilizer) and granular urea. It was built in 1974 and purchased by Koch Nitrogen in 2003. The site employs 143 people in the fields of engineering, operations and maintenance with annual compensation and benefits totaling nearly $14 million. In the last five years, Koch Nitrogen has invested more than $100 million into the Enid facility, including the construction of a 10,000-square-foot control facility in 2011, which improved operational reliability and overall plant efficiency.
At the facility in Enid and at all Koch Nitrogen facilities, employees are committed to a safe work environment and strive to manage operations in a manner that protects the health and safety of employees, customers, contractors, the public and the environment. The fertilizer industry is highly regulated and Koch works with numerous federal, state and local regulatory agencies to attain compliance with all laws and regulations at all times. At the federal level, those agencies include the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Transportation. At the state level, Koch works with the departments responsible for environmental quality and natural resources as well as the Department of Agriculture. Koch also meets periodically with Local Emergency Planning Committees to discuss hazardous materials safety and appropriate responses to emergency events.