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Ammonia Catalysts Production Haldor Topsøe Brings Extended Catalysts Production On–Stream

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Haldor Topsøe plans to profit from the current demand for catalysts: The company recently opened a large extension of its catalyst plant plant in Frederikssund, Denmark. Especially refineries and petrochemical plants, but also ammonia facilities drive the global demand for catalysts, the firm believes.

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Catalysts of Haldor Topsøe. ”Catalyst production is complex, so it's important for production to be closely linked to our R&D activities. Here in Denmark, we have a well-qualified workforce at every stage of production. That is a distinct strength for us," says the CEO Bjerne S. Clausen, Haldor Topsøe
Catalysts of Haldor Topsøe. ”Catalyst production is complex, so it's important for production to be closely linked to our R&D activities. Here in Denmark, we have a well-qualified workforce at every stage of production. That is a distinct strength for us," says the CEO Bjerne S. Clausen, Haldor Topsøe
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Frederikssund/Denmark – ”The expansion at Frederikssund ties in closely with our growth strategy and is based on our projections for increased demand. Worldwide, refineries are using our catalysts for producing fuels that are cleaner and result in reduced emissions of sulfur and other environmentally harmful substances. In fact, almost 40% of the world's total production of ultra-low sulfur diesel is produced using Topsøe technology. And in many emerging markets, there is now growing interest in the environmental benefits offered by cleaner fuels," says Bjerne S. Clausen, CEO, Haldor Topsøe.

Haldor Topsøe had invested around € 44 million in the 2,400 square-meters new premises. Core of the expansion project is a new production unit called "P6", which will focus on the production of catalysts used by refineries worldwide to manufacture ultra-low sulfur diesel.

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New Catalyts for Ammonia Production Preseted in Paris

This week, the Danish company presented a new ammonia synthesis catalyst labelled KM 111 at Nitrogen + Syngas 2014 International Conference and Exhibition in Paris. KM 111 is a magnetite-based catalyst developed for optimal performance in the lower beds of the ammonia converter. At the forefront of technology, the catalyst combination of KM1 in the top bed and KM 111 in the lower beds will outperform other catalysts on parameters such as energy efficiency, reliability, and on-stream performance.

Produced with a new manufacturing method, the KM 111 catalyst possesses an activity that surpasses the market-leading activity of KM1. The increase in activity improves the kinetics of the synthesis reaction, which allows for reductions in temperature. This is a critical advantage, since chemical equilibrium favors higher conversion at lower temperatures. As a consequence, customers who select the combination of KM1 and KM 111 can expect a considerable increase in ammonia capacity.

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