A new BASF site in Freeport, Texas, will include a 160,000 t/yr ammonium sulfate crystallizer system at its caprolactam fertilizer plant as part of a joint project with American Plant Food Corp., in Galena, Texas.
Once completed, the crystallizer will
refine high-quality ammonium sulfate, a by-product of the caprolactam
manufacturing process and a key component in plant fertilizer sold by American
“BASF and American Plant Food have had a
successful partnership for more than 45 year,” says Hermann Althoff, senior
vice president of BASF’s Polyamide and Intermediates global business unit. BASF
is headquartered in Florham Park, N.J.
Construction of the crystallizer system
is expected to take six months to complete and will cost about $8 million. The
project will employ 20 construction personnel and will create 30 jobs off-site
for local companies.