Builder Hired for $120M El Dorado Nitric Acid Plant

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 12:00 am  

LSB Industries Inc. of Oklahoma City has hired SAIC Constructors LLC to construct its $120 million nitric acid plant in El Dorado.

SAIC is based in McLean, Va., but has offices in Little Rock. Its Benham Constructors LLC subsidiary, acquired in 2007, was renamed SAIC Constructors in May 2011.

LSB owns El Dorado Chemical Co. and announced the plant plans in December 2012. According to a news release, the project includes a 360,000-ton-per-year nitric acid plant and a 40,000-ton-per-year nitric acid concentrator plant.

The plants are expected to be completed in mid-2015.

In December 2012, LSB signed an agreement with Weatherly Inc. of Atlanta for licensing, engineering and equipment for the plant. The company has stated the new plant construction was made possible by insurance proceeds paid following a May 2012 explosion that destroyed one of the plant’s sulfuric acid reactors.

Most recently, LSB was seeking a draft air permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality as part of the new plant construction.

The company is also building a $250 million to $300 million ammonia plant that was announced in August.



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