Sulvaris Inc. has signed definitive agreements for the construction and operation of a new sulphur fertilizer production facility near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada. The plant will be located on the site of a large gas processing facility.
The plant will convert elemental sulphur produced by the energy sector into Vitasul, a premium plant nutrient sulphur fertilizer, and will have a capacity of 217,000 metric tonnes per year.
“Vitasul is an innovative, high-analysis sulphur fertilizer product unlike anything currently available on the market,” said Sulvaris President Bill Boycott.
Vitasul is a new type of sulphur fertilizer that provides quick response and consistent feeding of sulphate to crops in the season of application. The production process results in extremely fine, 10-micron sulphur particles that are pelletized into fertilizer granules with high physical integrity and low dusting tendencies. Upon wetting, these granules quickly disperse back into super-fine sulphur particles in the soil. Microbial activity then converts the elemental sulphur to sulphate form plant nutrient sulphur, ensuring consistent plant food availability throughout the growing season.
In four years of global field trials on a variety of crops in direct comparison to existing products, Vitasul has shown tremendous performance. It has consistently out-performed other forms of plant nutrient sulphur currently available in the market.
Plant nutrient sulphur is vital in a plant’s production of oil, chlorophyll and protein, and is critical in the uptake of other key nutrients, including nitrogen. A number of compounding factors have caused sulphur to become tremendously depleted in global soils. “With sulphur deficiencies growing and threatening to become a limiting factor in global crop production, Vitasul is the right product at the right time,” Boycott said.
Placement of excess sulphur has been a longstanding challenge for the oil and gas processing industry. The Vitasul technology therefore presents a bridge to help resolve longstanding problems in both energy and agriculture.
Construction of the new facility will take place in 2013, subject to the receipt of financing and regulatory approval, with production scheduled to commence in early 2014.