Vietnam: Giant Leap Forward in Urea Production

The FAV (Fertilizer Association of Vietnam) has announced that from 2012, Vietnam will become self-sufficient in urea, when the 800,000 tpa Ca Mau Fertilizer Plant of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam, the country’s biggest fertilizer producer) and the 560,000 tpa Ninh Binh Fertilizer Plant of the Vietnam Chemical Group become operational, raising the total capacity to 2.36 million tons, double that of 2011.

It is estimated that the demand for urea would be 1.8 million tonnes only in 2012. As such, Vietnam now can not only satisfy its demand, but also has products in excess for export. With the current production capacity, the supply may be higher by 560,000 tonnes per annum than the demand.

In a longer term, the Ha Bac Fertilizer Plant is expanding the production to increase the capacity from 200,000 tpa to 500,000 tonnes by 2015, and the Cong Thanh group is also considering making nitrate from coal dust with its 560,000 ton per annum plant located in Tinh Gia district of Thanh Hoa province.

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