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Innovative fertilizer plant could boost Canada's agriculture

By Jean-Paul MacDonald

Canada's agricultural landscape is on the brink of a positive change with the announcement of a groundbreaking fertilizer plant in Saskatchewan. Targeted to support Western Canada's farmers, this plant promises a significant reduction in carbon footprint while ensuring a steady supply of essential fertilizers. 

This new facility, a collaborative effort between thyssenkrupp Uhde and Genesis Fertilizers, is set to redefine standards with its focus on sustainability and efficiency. 

The plant's design includes the production of 1,500 metric tons per day (mtpd) of ammonia and 2,600 mtpd of urea/UAS granulation, alongside other crucial agricultural inputs like nitric acid and UAN, with a special feature for producing Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).  

A key highlight is the integration of thyssenkrupp Uhde's EnviNOx® technology, aiming to nearly eliminate nitrogen oxide emissions from nitric acid production, marking a significant step towards eco-friendly fertilizer manufacturing. 

With over a century of experience in chemical plant construction, thyssenkrupp Uhde brings unparalleled expertise to this project, emphasizing the use of renewable-based hydrogen and electricity. This initiative not only supports the sustainability goals of the agricultural sector but also positions Canada at the forefront of innovative fertilizer technology. 

Genesis Fertilizers' vision of constructing a central production facility near low-cost raw materials, complemented by a network of SuperCenters, aligns with modern farming needs. This strategy ensures accessibility and efficiency, benefiting small to large-scale farms across Western Canada. 

This initiative represents more than just a technological advancement say representatives from thyssenkrupp Uhde and Genesis Fertilizers; it's a commitment to sustainable agriculture, supporting the global transition to cleaner energy and materials. As this project unfolds, it sets a new benchmark for the industry, promising a brighter, greener future for Canadian farming.


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