World-Scale Ammonia Plant KBR to Provide Purifier Technology Package for World-Scale Ammonia Plant

Author / Editor: Benedikt Stahl / Wolfgang Ernhofer

KBR has been awarded a contract by Iowa Fertilizer Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), to provide licensing, engineering services and proprietary equipment for its grassroots fertilizer plant in Southeastern Iowa. The plant will be the first world-scale ammonia plant built in the United States in nearly 25 years.

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KBR to provide Purifier-Technology for world-scale ammonia plant in southeast Iowa.
KBR to provide Purifier-Technology for world-scale ammonia plant in southeast Iowa.
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Houston/USA – The plant will be designed using KBR’s purifier technology, which has demonstrated reliability and offers the low energy consumption. The 2,200 metric tons per day ammonia plant is part of the fertilizer complex and is based upon an existing design operating in Burrup, Australia since 2006. OCI will invest US $1,4 billion, construction is expected to be completed during 2015.

”This award represents a milestone in the North American fertilizer business and illustrates the opportunity for low natural gas prices to have a significant impact in this industry over the next five to ten years,” said John Derbyshire, president, KBR Technology.

“KBR’s Purifier technology has a documented track record of safe and reliable operations while producing ammonia with the lowest energy consumption of any technology provider in the industry, making our world-scale plant the most competitive producer of fertilizer in the United States,” added Nasser Sawiris, chairman and CEO of Osasco Construction Industries.

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