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Ecuador examines options to build its first urea facility

7:51 AM MDT | September 4, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Ecuador has outlined two alternatives for building the country's first urea production facility, according to a feasibility study published by the country's preinvestment institute INP (Quito) earlier this week. Urea is the main nitrogen-based fertilizer used in Ecuador. Domestic consumption fluctuates between 250,000 m.t./year and 300,000 m.t./year, according to INP. One alternative would be to build a 500,000-m.t./year urea production plant at Esmeraldas, which would require 120 hectares of land and would take five years to build. This plant would operate on...

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