The proposed facility will produce mainly granular and, to a lesser extent, liquid urea. Waste materials processing will also generate smaller quantities of ammonium sulphate.
The IFFCO Canada plant will annually produce between 1.3 and 1.6 million tonnes of granular urea (85% of production), and up to 760 000 tonnes of liquid urea (15% of production). Ammonium sulphate production, produced by transforming residual waste into fertilizer, is estimated at between 3500 and 4000 tonnes a year.
- Granular urea will be in the form of tiny white granules (2-4 mm in diameter), virtually odourless and water soluble.
- Liquid urea will be aqueous, colourless and practically odourless, comprising water and a 32% concentration of urea.
- Ammonium sulphate will be produced from the recovery of waste material and also marketed as fertilizer.
Granular urea is the most broadly used fertilizer in Québec and around the world. Farmers use urea in solid or liquid form to enhance agricultural yield.
Granular urea is also used in the manufacture of a wide range of industrial products such as synthetic resins, melamine, pigments and certain pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. Urea, as a nutritional supplement, is also used in the production of livestock feed for ruminants.
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), a solution comprising urea and deionized water, will also be produced using liquid urea. DEF is a product used to reduce polluting emissions from diesel-powered motors.
Ammonium sulphate is used in agriculture mainly as a fertilizer and is often mixed with other mineral-based fertilizers.