Thursday 17th Oct, 2019

thyssenkrupp to build fertiliser plant worth hundreds of millions of dollars

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions will build an environmentally friendly fertiliser plant for one of the largest oil companies in Central and Eastern Europe, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions will build an environmentally friendly fertiliser plant for one of the largest oil companies in Central and Eastern Europe, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

ANWIL, a subsidiary for PKN ORLEN, has placed an order with thyssenkrupp to construct a facility that can produce 1265 tonnes of nitric acid and 12000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate per day.

It will be located in Wloclawek, around 200 kilometres north of Warsaw, Poland, at an existing chemical and fertiliser complex. The plant will incorporate thyssenkrupp’s EnviNOx process to remove greenhouse gases from the nitric acid production.

The order includes the provision of technology licenses and the engineering, procurement and construction of the new facilities.

The contract is valued in the lower three-digit million-euro range and will play a substantial part of a larger investment program implemented by ORLEN to expand its fertiliser portfolio and open new value chains in the petrochemical industry.

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By 2022, ORLEN aims to increase fertiliser production capacity in Wloclawek by 50 per cent to 1.461 million tonnes a year.

“More than ever, the chemical industry faces the challenge of growing profitably and at the same time protecting the climate,” thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions CEO Chemical and Process Technologies Sami Pelkonen said.

“With the realisation of this new, low-emission plant in Poland, ANWIL and thyssenkrupp are making an important contribution.

“We look forward to our further cooperation and are proud to bring decades of plant engineering and process know-how into the project.”

The EnviNOx technology will be used to treat tail gasses from nitric acid production by converting nitrogen oxides into nitrogen, oxygen and water with the aid of a special catalyst.

It aims to reduce the annual emissions of the plant by around 3200 tonnes of laughing gas and 1000 tonnes of nitrous oxide per year.

The global warming potential of laughing gas is estimated to be around 310 times greater than carbon dioxide, which corresponds to a reduction of around one million tonnes less carbon dioxide created annually.

ANCWIL S.A. CEO Agnieszka Zyro said thyssenkrupp will be a reliable partner for the investment project.

“The company combines extensive plant engineering experience with efficient technologies that meet and exceed the highest environmental standards. Together, we will drive growth and sustainable development of the chemical industry in Poland,” Zyro said.