Eurochem has opened a new ammonia production plant in Kingisepp, Russia. The plant has the largest single-train production capacity in Europe, at 1 million tonnes per year.
Zug/Switzerland — Over the last three years, Eurochem has invested $ 1 billion in the development of its new plant in Kingisepp. Called Eurochem Northwest, it has a design capacity of 2,890 tonnes per day, ensuring self-sufficiency for the company in an important component of its fertilizer production needs. The manufacturer will supply ammonia to its fertilizer production plants in Antwerp, Belgium, Lifosa in Lithuania, and Phosphorit, the group’s adjacent phosphate fertilizer facility in Kingisepp. About 25 % of total output will be sold to third parties, offering them a more cost-effective supply of ammonia. Close proximity to the Group’s existing rail and shipping facilities is to allow the ammonia to be easily transported to production units and world markets.
Maire Tecnimont subsidiaries Tecnimont and Tecnimont Russia OOO, were retained for the engineering, procurement and construction of the plant. The plant incorporates the latest production technology, including KBR’s proprietary Purifier Ammonia Process.
The plant was built on a brownfield site, and care was taken to avoid any negative impact on the surrounding areas, the company claims. The facility features a closed water recycling system to prevent effluent discharges into the nearby Luga River, which flows into the Baltic Sea in the Gulf of Finland.
At the peak of construction, which began in 2016, more than 5,000 people were employed in building the facility. Some 12,000 tonnes of steel were used in construction and more than 64 km of piling was installed.