CF Industries Holdings, Inc. confirms that an incident occurred at its Donaldsonville, LA, nitrogen complex at approximately 6 p.m. this evening. The accident occurred in a section of the plant that had been shut down for maintenance activity. At this time, the company is able to confirm there was one fatality and there were seven other injuries.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families,” said Lou Frey, Vice President and General Manager of the Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex. “Our focus is on our number one priority - the health and safety of our employees and the community. We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our employees.”
The incident involved the rupture of an inert nitrogen vessel during the off-loading of nitrogen. There was no fire or chemical release nor is there any threat or hazard posed to the community.
Local company employees are working closely with emergency services personnel. An investigation into the root cause of the incident is underway.About CF Industries Holdings, Inc. CF Industries Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, is the holding company for the operations of CF Industries, Inc. CF Industries is a global leader in manufacturing and distribution of nitrogen and phosphate products, serving both agricultural and industrial customers. CF Industries operates world-class nitrogen manufacturing complexes in the central United States and Canada; conducts phosphate mining and manufacturing operations in Central Florida; and distributes plant nutrients through a system of terminals, warehouses, and associated transportation equipment located primarily in the Midwestern United States. The company also owns 50 percent interests in GrowHow UK Limited, a plant nutrient manufacturer in the United Kingdom; an ammonia facility in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; and KEYTRADE AG, a global plant nutrient trading organization headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland. CF Industries routinely posts investor announcements and additional information on the company’s website at www.cfindustries.com and encourages those interested in the company to check there frequently.