CF Industries’ Port Neal Nitrogen Complex has fired up the flare stack of its newly constructed ammonia plant.
Area residents may notice the flare stack when it is ignited, as the 320-foot-high structure produces a flame that can extend 200 feet beyond its tip.
CF officials say the flare stack is a safety feature of the ammonia plant that burns gases in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
The company says its ignition is a sign that the plant is operating according to its design.
The flare stack is currently being used intermittently, and when the new ammonia and urea plants come online it will burn continuously for a period of time.
The flame from the structure is visible for miles.