FERTIL was established in October 1980 as a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and TOTAL, with a shareholding ratio of 2:1 respectively. Construction of a processing plant began in 1980 and production started in December 1983. The plant is located in the Ruwais Industrial Zone, about 250 km from the city of Abu Dhabi.
The prime objective behind establishing the company was to utilize the lean associated gas supplied from the onshore fields to manufacture fertilizers and to market them locally and internationally. It is comprised of one processing unit each of ammonia and urea. The installed capacity of the ammonia unit was 1,000 MTPD and 1,500 MTPD for urea. The plant had fully integrated utility units with storage facilities. Since then, the company has been continuously improving its technology and productivity and with many in-house modifications ammonia production reached 1,310 MTPD and urea production reached 1,830 MTPD. In August 2009, the Urea Plant was revamped and the name plate capacity was enhanced to 2,300 MTPD.
The market for FERTIL’s products has expanded considerably since its first shipment. Today, about 6% of its annual production is marketed locally within the United Arab Emirates and Oman, while 94% is exported to the Indian sub-continent, Far East, Africa, USA, Latin America and Australia.
In July 2007, FERTIL awarded the Urea De-bottlenecking Project and upon completion, which included the installation of a Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Recovery Unit and a Granulation Unit, the following targets were met:
· Capture and recovery of CO2 emissions from the existing plant.
· Actual Urea Plant production increased from 1,830 to 2,252 MTPD, by utilizing the existing ammonia surplus, along with the recovered additional CO2.
· Converting urea from a prilled form into the better and more efficient granulated quality.
· Reducing total CO2 plant emissions by 20%.
· Working towards reducing the global warming phenomena.
In October 2009, FERTIL Management signed a contract with Samsung to execute the FERTIL-2 Project, which will expand FERTIL’s production capacity from 0.8 to 2 million tons per year of Granulated Urea upon completion by the first quarter of 2013. The new plant will utilize state of the art technologies for safety, health and better energy conservation and environmental protection.
FERTIL is committed to its global role to increase world food production.