Ammonia plants

LSB Industries has restarted ammonia production at plants in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

LSB Industries, Inc., said Monday that its ammonia plant at Pryor, OK returned to service and resumed production on November 13.

Additionally, the ammonia plant at the company’s El Dorado facility resumed production on November 19. It had been taken out of service on November 3 to make adjustments that improved the production volume of its ammonia plant.

Completion of the scheduled Pryor turnaround required 15 more days than first anticipated.

The company installed a new urea reactor in Pryor which is currently being brought online and undergoing adjustments to optimize performance.

Company management said that the additional downtime at both Pryor and El Dorado will have an impact of $8-9 million million on adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2019,

Mark Behrman, LSB’s President and CEO, said, “We are pleased to have completed our work and resumed production at Pryor, following the most extensive turnaround at the facility in our history of operating it.

“At El Dorado, we took advantage of the low ammonia price environment to fine tune the plant in order to achieve better performance headed into 2020. We expect the upgrades we’ve made to both facilities to result in improved reliability and production volume,” he said.

The next scheduled turnarounds are for the third quarter of 2021 at Pryor, and the third quarter of 2022 at El Dorado.

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