An aerial view of J.R. Simplot Company's Rivergate Terminal in North Portland shows two large tanks used to hold anhydrous ammonia. Simplot struck a deal with CF Industries to use the facility for its growing export markets in Asia.

An aerial view of J.R. Simplot Company’s Rivergate Terminal in North Portland shows two large tanks used to hold anhydrous ammonia. Simplot struck a deal with CF Industries to use the facility for its growing export markets in Asia.

Courtesy of CF Industries

A Midwest agribusiness company will enter the Portland market by using a port on the Willamette River to export anhydrous ammonia, a potentially hazardous material used for fertilizer, industrial processes, and even the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.

Deerfield, Illinois-based CF Industries announced it has reached a deal with Boise-based J.R. Simplot Co. for use of Simplot’s Rivergate Terminal, which has two 25,000-ton ammonia tanks at the North Portland facility, considered the largest deep-water ammonia terminal on the West Coast.

The site has been used to store and export anhydrous ammonia for decades.

Simplot reported in a news release that it had “available capacity” after commissioning its own anhydrous ammonia plant in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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