ENID, Okla. — Koch Fertilizer is evaluating a construction project that would increase urea production at its plant east of Enid.

The announcement was made by the company Thursday. Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2020, with startup in 2022. Once finished, the Enid plant will increase urea production to 1.8 million tons annually.

“Our customers continue to increase consumption of upgraded products, like urea and enhanced efficiency fertilizers,” said Scott McGinn, Koch Fertilizer executive vice president. “We are committed to serving our customers, and this investment will enhance our ability to provide them with the nitrogen products they need by adding additional production flexibility at the Enid plant. Koch Fertilizer made a significant investment in the plant a few years ago, and we’re excited about the possibility to further expand our Enid operations through this new project.”

On Thursday, the company submitted a construction air permit application to increase ammonia upgrade capabilities due to changes in the distribution system and to better serve the growing demand for upgraded nitrogen products. The project currently is in the engineering phase.

"I think it's very positive, the city is excited to hear that," said City Manager Jerald Gilbert. "We were aware they were contemplating an upgrade, I wasn't aware they were moving ahead with it, so we're excited to hear that. I think it's a fantastic continuation of investment in the plant out there. I think it shows a belief in Enid, in the economy and the products that they make to serve the markets that they serve.

"It's a positive indicator for economic vitality here in the city."

Lisa Powell, executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance, was happy to hear the news.

"Koch Fertilizer is one of Enid’s largest employers and is a strong corporate citizen," she said. "We are proud to have them as a part of our community and are excited about their potential expansion."

This would be the second major expansion at the plant in recent years. Koch Fertilizer completed a $1.3 billion expansion project at the Enid plant in 2017.

The project included a tertiary water treatment facility utilizing wastewater from the city of Enid; a new 900,000 ton-per-year urea plant; high-speed truck and rail loading facilities; an additional 90,000 tons of urea storage capacity; an electric power substation to supply new power and improve the reliability of existing power to the facility; and efficiency improvements and capacity increases to the existing ammonia plant.

There also was added capability to produce high-purity urea to serve the diesel exhaust fluid market. 

At the height of construction, there were around 2,800 contractors on site. 

The plant employs about 270 people.

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