A Calgary company has announced plans to build a sulfur fertilizer production facility near Rocky Mountain House, Alta.
The project still needs regulatory approval, but Randy Boomhour, Sulvaris Inc.’s chief financial officer, said construction could begin this spring and production start early next year.
Boomhour isn’t revealing further details, but the company has said the facility will have the capacity to produce 217,000 tonnes of a new 0-0-0-90S fertilizer the company is marketing called Vitasul.
The company says the pellet product, once in the soil and in contact with moisture, breaks down into microscopic particles that oxidize rapidly into a sulfate form available to the plant in the season of application.
Sulvaris was founded last year after the amalgamation of Sulphur Solutions Inc., Carbon Solutions Inc. and Sour Gas Solutions Inc.
It’s only now bringing its first product out of the research and development phase.
The facility will be located on the site of an existing gas processing facility and will process sulfur particles into fertilizer granules.
“We’re taking environmental sulfur, we’re putting it into a very small particle size, which creates the maximum amount of surface area, which increases the rate at which microbes in the ground take the elemental sulfur and convert it into sulfate, which is the plant nutrient form of sulfur that plants need to help their growth,” said Boomhour.