Demand for urea is on the rise worldwide, and is expected to continue to grow in the years ahead, at a rate of 3-4%, and faster in the case of DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid).

Granular urea destined mainly for agricultural markets

IFFCO Canada plans to channel supply through La Coop fédérée to markets in Québec, elsewhere in Canada and the eastern United States. Surplus production will be exported mainly to markets within North America.

A portion of the granular urea may also be used to supply various industrial markets: synthetic resins, melamine, pigments, cosmetics and various pharmaceutical products. Livestock feed for ruminants could also be considered as a target market since granular urea is used as a nutritional supplement in this industry.

Liquid urea for a market ripe with promise

The DEF market is currently booming as a result of Canadian and US legislation requiring stricter controls of polluting emissions generated by diesel-powered vehicle motors. Analysts predict that North America will soon become the premier DEF market in the world, followed by Europe and Brazil.

Ammonium sulphate as a specialty fertilizer

Crops such as potatoes, cranberries and blueberries, which prefer a more acidic soil, represent the primary markets for ammonium sulphate. Some 17 000 tonnes of ammonium sulphate was sold in Québec in 2012, with usage on the rise in regions across North America.

Note: Liquid urea is produced by mixing deionized water with granular urea. A total of 15% of granular urea produced will be used to produce 760 000 tonnes of liquid urea.