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Four-week delay faces LSB ammonia plant in Pryor

LSB initially said an outage at the Pryor plant would last six to eight weeks. The company has finished repairs, but the delivery of a key part of a compressor that LSB needs to finish upgrades at the plant could delay its reopening another four weeks, the company said.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: January 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm •  Published: January 15, 2013
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LSB Industries Inc. expects more delays before it resumes operations at its main ammonia processing plant in Pryor, the company said Monday.

The Oklahoma City-based company was forced to shut down the Pryor plant in November for unplanned maintenance and to install new equipment.

LSB initially said the outage at would last six to eight weeks. The company has finished repairs at the plant, but the delivery of a key part of a compressor that LSB needs to finish upgrades at the plant has been delayed.

The delay will push back the reopening of the plant by about four weeks, the company said Monday.

The new compressor will help boost ammonia production at the plant once it is back up and running, said Tony Shelby, LSB's chief financial officer.

“When we get this new converter, we expect to have some good, really long-term and sustained production,” Shelby said.

The plant employs about 130 people in Pryor.

The shut down is costing LSB about $2 million a week until production resumes, the company said.

Plant key to LSB's profitability

Analyst Joe Mondillo of the equity research firm Sidoti & Co. LLC estimates that the Pryor plant accounted for more than half of the LSB's profitability in 2012.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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