Tuesday, November 1, 2016
US Nitrogen, Yara Seek Permit Extensions
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Officials of US Nitrogen and Yara North America have filed a series of construction permit extension requests with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The requests include seven existing permits for US Nitrogen, which is still in the startup phase of its $200 million Midway manufacturing facility.
According to a letter from Andrew Velo, the company plant manager, the US Nitrogen permit are due to expire on Dec. 31 of this year. The extensions would extend them through 2017.
Velo informed the state in his letter that construction of a carbon dioxide liquefaction plant is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.
Yara North America, meanwhile, has requested extensions on its current construction permits scheduled to expire on Dec. 3 of this year.
In addition to the one year extension requests, Yara notified TDEC that the person in charge of its Tennessee operations, Jorgen Arentz Rostrup is leaving the company and he will be replaced by Steven Rodgers.
Yara also advised the state that construction of its calcium nitrate manufacturing facility is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2017.