Blue Bell, PA, USA 7 October 2014 - Linde Engineering North America (LENA) is building an ammonia plant for J.R. Simplot Company adjacent to Simplot's existing phosphate fertilizer complex in Rock Springs, WY. The 600 tons per day plant will supply both the Rock Springs and Pocatello, ID phosphate fertilizer production locations while providing the capacity to meet Simplot's next phase of anticipated phosphate expansion plans at Rock Springs. The new plant will take approximately two years to complete.
This will be Linde's third ammonia project in the last two years, based upon their unique, proprietary process. "This is Linde's first North American implementation of our ammonia process, and we are pleased to work with Simplot to bring their global vision to fruition here in the United States," said Ken Lamb, Director of Linde Engineering's Hydrogen & Syngas Business Unit for North America.
According to Steve Bertone, Acting Managing Director of LENA, "The availability of an abundant supply of low-cost natural gas feed stocks in North America has revitalized the U.S. ammonia and nitrogen fertilizer industry, and Linde Engineering has the expertise to provide the right solutions for our clients, from engineering through construction.”
"Output from the new ammonia plant will significantly enhance our long term sustainability in the phosphate marketplace," stated Bill Whitacre, President and CEO of the J.R. Simplot Company. "This capital investment is a big step for us; one that is key to our future in ensuring long-term, low cost raw materials to our facilities."
About Linde Engineering North America
Linde Engineering North America Inc. (LENA) is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. LENA delivers technology, engineering, procurement, and construction for synthesis gas, air separation, and petrochemical plants as well as its Selas Fluid Processing refinery and petrochemical fired equipment.
About The Linde Group
In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.655 bn (USD 23.1 bn), making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with
forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot’s major operations are located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and China, with products marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide. The company’s mission statement is Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life.