LIMA — As the evening continues at PotashCorp in Lima, crew team leaders are in the main control room, continuing to monitor the production of the numerous chemicals they produce, including anhydrous ammonia, nitric acid and various urea products, all of which is used for fertilizers.
At this point, the crew has put in four hours, all that time ensuring that the boards in the control room continue to remain green as the ammonia is created, with its byproducts used to create nitric acid and other products, with those byproducts continuing down the line to create urea.
“On any given day, there are six to eight of us who work together as a team,” urea crew team leader Michael Thomas said. “We do the same thing throughout the day.”
Overall, along the entire process, there will be between 15 and 20 workers at the facility performing various tasks, such as preparing machinery for maintenance the next day or even cleaning the urea dust off the floors.
“You could probably put that dust on your lawn, and it would help it,” urea synthesis outside operator Mitch Hasting said.