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Northern Nutrients starting work on $25M fertilizer facility

Northern Nutrients starting work on $25M fertilizer facility
UNIVERSITY OF REGINA — Northern Nutrients has announced plans to begin work on a $25 million fertilizer production facility near Saskatoon, Sask.

SASKATOON, SASK. — Northern Nutrients will build a new fertilizer manufacturing facility near Saskatoon.

Work on the $25 million facility will begin in this month with an expected completion date in early 2022.

Officials stated the facility will have an initial annual capacity of 28,000 tonnes for domestic and export markets. 

Northern Nutrients said it expects to hire about 30 new employees when the plant is operational and at full capacity it should supply 15 to 20 per cent of Western Canada’s sulphur fertilizer needs. 

According the Province of Saskatchewan, the sulphur-enhanced urea fertilizer manufacturing facility will be the first in Canada to utilize Shell Thiogro technology, a patented process to make high-quality sulphur/urea prills for crop production while also improving sustainability. Officials noted it will be the first non-potash fertilizer manufacturing plant built in Saskatchewan since 1992.

“Saskatchewan is a global leader in the production of food and fertilizer, and this investment by Northern Nutrients will further strengthen our competitive advantage in agriculture,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said in a statement. “This facility will be another strong complement to our burgeoning ag industry, creating good local jobs and helping to grow the value of our manufacturing exports in the months and years ahead.”

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