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Urea

Product

The product includes: agricultural grade granular urea; industrial grade prilled urea.

Markets

Urea is a globally traded commodity.

In Australia, demand is currently running at approximately 1,900,000 tonnes per annum.

Imports

Imports are currently running at approximately 1,400,000 tonnes per annum.

Australia imports most of its urea from Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia.

Exports

Exports are currently running at 0 tonnes per annum.

Production

Production is currently running at approximately 500,000 tonnes per annum.

Synthesis

Urea is produced from ammonia and carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide is produced during production of ammonia).

The main feedstock is natural gas.

Plants

280,000 tonnes per annum facility at Gibson Island, Queensland, operated by Incitec Pivot (operations will cease at end of 2022 since business was unable to secure an economically viable long-term gas supply from Australian gas producers).

 

Last Update: 7 January 2022

 

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