Koch Nitrogen Company plans to invest $1 billion to build a new urea plant and revamp its existing production processes at its Enid, Oklahoma facility. The improvements to existing processes, which will be implemented in stages over the next three years, are expected to increase fertilizer production at the facility by more than 1 million tons per year.
The Koch Nitrogen facility in Enid is one of the largest fertilizer production plants in North America, producing ammonia, liquid fertilizer and granular urea. The site employs 143 people in the fields of engineering, operations and maintenance. In the last five years, Koch Nitrogen invested more than $100 million into the Enid facility, including the construction of a 10,000-square-foot control facility in 2011, which improved operational reliability and overall plant efficiency.
Construction on the new plant, which will include additional storage and enhanced loading facilities, is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014. The plant is projected to be operational in 2016.
"The investment we are making through Koch Nitrogen underscores our confidence in the future of our overall fertilizer business and our commitment to customers for the long-term," said David Robertson, president and chief operating officer of Koch Industries, Inc. "In addition to the significant increase in capacity, this investment will serve to improve our operational efficiency and competitive position in North America."
"We are pleased Koch Industries is once again expanding its presence with a new investment in Oklahoma," said Gov. Mary Fallin, "Koch is well acquainted with our favorable business climate, with three separate companies already operating in the state, employing nearly 1,800 Oklahomans and generating more than $146 million in annual compensation and benefits for our economy. This substantial investment in Enid by Koch Nitrogen to build a new ultra-modern fertilizer production plant is further proof that our commitment to keeping business taxes low and regulations reasonable is paying dividends in the form of quality jobs for our state."
"We are thrilled with Koch Nitrogen’s investment plans," said Eric Benson, Enid City Manager. "They are an excellent corporate citizen and outstanding community partner. They have worked closely with us to address the pressing needs of our community, including recent efforts to find a solution for our community’s water situation. Koch’s expanded presence in Enid will resonate positively throughout our economy for a long time."
"As crop production increases throughout North America, we are seeing an increasing demand for fertilizer from our customers," said Steve Packebush, president of Koch Fertilizer, LLC. "With this additional production, we’ll be in a much better position to meet that demand. We look forward to breaking ground on this project, while continuing to evaluate enhancements at our four other North American facilities."
The positive economic impact to the city of Enid and surrounding communities over the next three years will be substantial. During the 18-24 months of construction, 500 to 800 new construction jobs are projected to be created. In addition, a total of 20-30 permanent employees will ultimately be added to support the new plant, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.