Two new fertilizer plants, the Ca Mau Fertilizer plant in U Minh District of the southernmost Mekong Province of Ca Mau and the Ninh Binh Fertilizer Plant in the northern province of Ninh Binh will be fully operational by the end of the year.
Along with the Phu My Fertilizer Plant in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and the Ha Bac Fertilizer Plant in the northern province of Bac Giang, the two new plants will help the country achieve its target of 2 million tonnes of urea per year.
Before the Phu My Fertilizer Plant was operational, most of the urea was imported, as the national capacity was insufficient. Since 2004, national output increased by nearly 1 million tonnes per year.
The Phu My Fertilizer Plant produces 800,000 tonnes and the Ha Bac Fertilizer Plant 190,000 tonnes. The complex produced 807,129 tonnes of urea in 2010 or 108 per cent of its yearly plan. The figure represented a 5.9 per cent year-on-year increase against 2009.
With the added capacity of the two new fertilizer plants, urea capacity will increase to around 560,000 tons per annum.