Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. (NYSE: RNF) confirmed that a brief fire
occurred in and was isolated to the ammonia synthesis loop of the
ammonia plant at its East Dubuque, IL nitrogen fertilizer facility at
approximately 9 a.m. CST this morning, and was extinguished by plant
personnel and the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Department. The Partnership
confirmed there were no injuries or chemical releases, nor is there any
threat or hazard posed to the community.
The plant was shut down in an orderly fashion in response to the fire.
An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway. At this
time the facility is anticipated to be off-line for several weeks while
damages are assessed and repairs are completed. The facility is expected
to resume shipments of product held in inventory within the next few
About Rentech Nitrogen, L.P.
Rentech Nitrogen (www.rentechnitrogen.com)
was formed by Rentech, Inc. to own, operate and expand its nitrogen
fertilizer business. Rentech Nitrogen's assets consist of two fertilizer
production facilities owned by its operating subsidiaries. The East
Dubuque Facility is located in the northwestern corner of Illinois, and
uses natural gas as a feedstock to produce primarily anhydrous ammonia
and UAN solution for sale to customers in the Mid Corn Belt. The
Pasadena Facility is located in Pasadena, Texas, along the Houston Ship
Channel, and uses ammonia and sulfur as feedstocks to produce ammonium
sulfate and ammonium thiosulfate fertilizers, and sulfuric acid. Rentech
Nitrogen is the largest producer of synthetic granulated ammonium
sulfate fertilizer in North America, with sales in the United States and
Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P.
Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella
President of Investor Relations and Communications