Slovakia: Industrial Gases Messer Sets Up New Plant to Produce Argon from Ammonia Synthesis Process
Messer has developed an argon production facility in Slovakia which is based on residual gases from the ammonia synthesis process. Other industrial gases such as methane, nitrogen and syngas are also recovered at the unit. The plant includes a fully automated process and has the capability to reduce CO2 emissions by 1.4 metric tons a day at full capacity owing to its proximity to the delivery locations.
Krefeld/Germany – Messer has commissioned an argon production plant based on unused residual gases from the ammonia synthesis process at the Duslo site in Šaľa, Slovakia. Duslo is one of Slovakia’s leading chemical companies. The construction of this plant, Messer’s first of its kind, represents a further expansion of the company’s sphere of operations.
Argon is a noble gas that is used, among other things, as a shielding gas in welding. It is one of the residual gases produced in the ammonia synthesis process, along with methane, nitrogen and syngas. These gases are also recovered at the plant in line with the customer’s quality requirements.
From a technical point of view, the plant’s main features include a fully automated process as well as maximum energy integration. When operating at full capacity, the plant allows CO2 emissions to be reduced by 1.4 metric tons a day thanks to the shorter distances involved in truck deliveries. This equates to an annual total of around 500 metric tons of CO2 that is not released into the atmosphere as a climate-damaging greenhouse gas.