Poland: Fertilizer Production Grupa Azoty Purchases Technology for Nitric Acid Production from Thyssenkrupp

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Grupa Azoty Puławy signed a contract with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions for the grant of a licence for a nitric acid production technology, including the delivery of process documentation and key equipment, and for the supervision over plant installation and start-up.

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Grupa Azoty is the largest supplier of nitrogen fertilizers for Polish agriculture and EU’s second largest supplier of prilled urea.
Grupa Azoty is the largest supplier of nitrogen fertilizers for Polish agriculture and EU’s second largest supplier of prilled urea.
(Source: Grupa Azoty)

Warzawa/Poland — The construction of the new nitric acid production unit is a key element of the company's project to develop fertilizer production, which also covers the construction of new neutralisation and fertilizer production units. In addition, the existing four nitric acid production lines will be modernised. The purchase will increase the production capacity and improve the consumption rates of the main production feedstocks and energy carriers, the company said. The total value of the project is € 165 million.

"We plan to invest more than € 240 million in the nitrate fertilizers area by 2021. In addition to the new nitric acid unit, we will also build two nitrate mechanical granulation lines. These investments will allow us to market new products, awaited by farmers. In the next four years, Grupa Azoty Puławy will expand its product range by six new fertilizers," says Andrzej Skwarek, member of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty Puławy.

In addition to enhancing the nitric acid production scale and efficiency, the project will largely contribute to improving the efficiency of nitric acid-based fertilizer production, the manufacturer announced. A part of the output of the new (fifth) nitric acid unit will be processed on a new line for the production of speciality liquid and solid fertilizers: magnesium nitrate, calcium nitrate and potassium nitrate, with a target capacity of 600 tonnes per day.

„It is currently the largest investment project underway in the Grupa Azoty Group’s fertilizer segment and the Puławy plant’s largest one in more than a decade. The fertilizer segment is particularly important for the entire Grupa Azoty Group as it generates about 60 % of its revenue. The steps that Grupa Azoty Puławy is taking are to prepare a base for the manufacture of modern fertilizers, thus filling the gap in our offering,” says Jacek Janiszek, President of Grupa Azoty Puławy.

The new fertilizers will serve as the base for blended fertilizers manufactured at the Dobre Miasto plant based on fertilizers produced in other plants. „The technology we have purchased for the new nitric acid line at Grupa Azoty Puławy is a modern and proven solution that meets the highest environmental requirements,’ said Richard Saure, Head of Operating Unit Nitrates and Phosphates at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions.

The Envinox processing technology for catalytic reduction of N2O and NOx is designed to reduce emission levels.