Koch Fertilizer Launching $90M Plant Upgrade Project

The company will boost the site’s UAN capacity and efficiency, as well as make improvements in safety.

Powder Bulk Solids Staff

November 11, 2020

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Koch Ag & Energy Solutions subsidiary Koch Fertilizer announced Tuesday that it is investing $90 million in an upgrade of its Beatrice, NE nitrogen plant. The project aims to improve the plant’s environmental and safety performance and boost its reliability, as well as increase production of UAN.

“We are committed to serving our customers, and we continue to see greater UAN demand locally,” said Scott McGinn, Koch Fertilizer executive vice president, in a company release. “This investment will improve the efficiency and reliability of our operations and add greater production flexibility at Beatrice to meet the demand of both our ammonia and UAN customers.”

Over $7 million has been invested to increase the Beatrice plant’s ammonia loading capacity over the last several years and cut wait times for customers. New loading racks installed at the site have more than doubled its peak loading capacity, according to Koch Fertilizer.

“Our goal is to become the supplier of choice for our customers’ UAN and ammonia needs long-term,” Phil Tasset, plant manager of the Beatrice facility, said in a statement. “We realized our loading system had become a constraint for our customers. Prior to this investment, customers would wait several hours to load on our busiest days. Now, they rarely have to wait.”

The company also recently introduced its LoadView transportation management app at the Beatrice plant to minimize loading times.

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