April 12, 2016
Yara invests US$275 million in Brazilian fertiliser plant
Yara will invest approximately BRL1 billion (US$275 million) in expanding and modernising its Rio Grande plant, which is strategically located in southern Brazil, a key region in the country's growing agricultural industry.
Set for completion in 2020, the investment will create one of the biggest and most modern fertiliser sites in the Americas.
"The project is possible thanks to the acquisition of Bunge Fertilizantes in 2013, creating further consolidation synergies through optimisation, automation and de-bottlenecking of the combined assets," Holsether added.
The expansion project will double the site's current 800,000 tonne annual fertiliser production and blending capacity, and provide customers with increased access to Yara's premium products, thereby reducing reliance on finished fertiliser imports. It will also improve health, environment, safety and quality performance, including substantially lower emissions than required by legislation.
The scope includes new warehouses, new acidulation and granulation lines, fully automated blending and bagging equipment for small (50 kg) and big (1 tonne) bags, a boiler for steam production, a wastewater treatment plant and rest areas for truck drivers. The plant already operates its own recently modernised and expanded pier, which is connected to the railway network and the industrial complex.
The facility is expected to create over a thousand direct and a further three to four thousand indirect employment opportunities, boosting the region's economy.
The investment follows approximately US$1.5 billion of expansions and acquisitions carried out by Yara in Brazil in recent years, including the Bunge (2013) and Galvani (2014) acquisitions and the recent construction of the country's most modern blending and bagging terminals in Sumaré and Porto Alegre.