Koch Fertilizer (KF) is investing approximately $150 million at its Enid, Oklahoma nitrogen production facility to increase urea production and enhance reliability of existing production units as well as improve rail infrastructure and ammonia truck loading facilities.
The project will increase production of ammonia upgrade products. Once complete, KF Enid will be able to supply up to 1.8 million tons of ammonia upgrade products annually. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021, with startup occurring in 2022.
“We continue to see growing interest in upgraded products, like urea and enhanced efficiency fertilizers,” said Scott McGinn, KF executive vice president. “By increasing our production capacity and flexibility, we can better serve our customers long-term with the products they prefer.”
As part of the improvements, KF Enid will expand its on-site rail tracks and shipping capability, which will improve efficiencies for the company and its rail freight suppliers.
Additionally, the company is upgrading its ammonia truck loading facilities, including relocating them within the facility. The improvements not only will enhance loading reliability and safety, but also improve the customer experience with faster loading times and staging lanes during peak loading periods.
“We strive to create the best customer experience, and our loading system was falling short,” said Mike Kleis, KF Enid vice president operations and plant manager. “The new loading facility will create an overall better experience for truck drivers and allow them to load faster during peak seasons.”
This investment builds on the $1.3 billion Enid expansion and modernization improvements made from 2014-2017. Furthermore, KF recently announced a $90 million investment in its Beatrice, Nebraska plant and a $140 million investment in its Fort Dodge, Iowa plant.
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