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CF Industries Increases Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant in Donaldsonville, Louisiana

CF Industries will make a $41.4 million capital investment to enhance nitric acid production at the world’s-largest nitrogen fertilizer complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The company will retain 487 jobs while creating seven new direct jobs

The new project follows a $2.1 billion expansion completed by CF Industries in 2016 that parish officials described as the largest single capital investment project in Ascension Parish history. In that project, CF Industries exceeded its obligations to the State of Louisiana and has created nearly 50 percent more new jobs than projected.

The company’s Donaldsonville site is located on 1,400 acres along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Ascension Parish. The facility makes use of five major natural gas pipelines and multiple modes of transportation in Ascension Parish, which allows the facility to serve customers on every continent.

“CF Industries is pleased to continue our long history of investing in and expanding our Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex and creating jobs in Louisiana,” President and CEO Tony Will said. “The capital investment we are making to enhance nitric acid production at the site will further expand Donaldsonville’s production flexibility and enable us to meet strong demand for the product, particularly from Louisiana’s strong chemicals industry. We appreciate the support from Governor Edwards, as well as from Ascension Parish and local leaders, to bring this project to fruition.”

The company is expected to utilize the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program for the expansion. Over the years, CF Industries has grown as a strong supporter of the local community and nonprofit organizations through its corporate giving and volunteering programs.

“The expansion of CF Industries’ Donaldsonville plant, already the world’s largest nitrogen facility, brings both new jobs and the positive signal of recommitting to the regional economy,” said President and CEO Adam Knapp of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “Expansion of major industry is always welcome news, but especially so in the current climate. We are grateful to our partners in Ascension Parish for their work on making this expansion as smooth as possible.”

The Donaldsonville facility is the world's largest and most flexible nitrogen facility, with six world-scale ammonia plants, five urea plants, four nitric acid plants, three urea ammonium nitrate plants and a diesel exhaust fluid plant. The site ships product to customers via the NuStar ammonia pipeline, rail, truck barge (river and ocean), and deep-water vessel.

"The CF Industries Nitrogen Complex in Donaldsonville is the world’s largest nitrogen facility and the largest employer for the west bank of Ascension Parish,” said Clint Cointment, Ascension Parish president. “This investment in nitric acid speaks to the continued growth and success of the Donaldsonville facility in both operations and employees.”

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