This Paper outlines the many factors which have to be considered in planning a major grass roots development. It describes the build-up of an organisation required to tackle this complex problem. The planning involved in this project in Ireland will have many parallels in other countries, both developed and developing. A project of this nature must be economically sound. A section of the Paper deals with the economic evaluation made by the company which included risk and sensitivity analysis.
The project is established on a firm basis with a very attractive feedstock supply for 20 years and home market outlets for the bulk of the output.
At the time of writing this Paper the project was well under way, the site clearance had been completed, foundations were in for the ammonia storage tanks, the jetty piling had been started, all the major items of equipment were on order and the main contractor was on site.