Investment Success Polish Grupa Azoty to Invest in Fertilizer and Oxo Projects
Grupa Azoty ZAK puts online new fertilizers and Oxo projects worth about €10 million. The completed projects include partial modernisation of the ammonia line, expansion of urea solution production capacity and a project enabling waste gas streams to be used in generating steam for the Oxo unit.
Tarnów/Poland – The Management Board of Grupa Azoty ZAK recently presented a summary of the completed capex projects, which will add new capacities, reduce production costs, and lessen environmental impacts for the company. 2015 was also summed up as the year with a record-high capital expenditure budget of approximately €60 million.
One of the most important investment projects of 2015, with a budget in excess of €7 million, consisted in the modernisation of the ammonia line, under which the ammonia synthesis reactor’s interior was replaced, a new, more efficient condensation system for non-pressurised ammonia storage was installed and launched, and a purge gas separation unit was constructed.
The project’s benefits include reduced production costs and greater ammonia production capacities in the manufacture of nitrogen fertilizers, which translates into annual savings of close to €0.5 million for the company. The completed project to intensify the production of urea solutions involves an expansion of the urea solution storage and loading facilities. NOXy production capacities will increase from 50 thousand to 100 thousand tonnes per annum, with loading capacities set to double, which will allow Grupa Azoty to reach out to new customer groups and strengthen its position on the PULNOx and NOXy markets. The project, which has a value of nearly €1.6 million, is yet another exemplary pro-environmental investment, as the new unit generates no waste or emissions.
The company has invested close to €2 million in a project enabling waste gas streams to be used in generating steam for the Oxo unit, which involved the construction of two high-power steam generators, together with auxiliary infrastructure. Thanks to the new steam generator facility, the company is not only able to optimise its Oxo production costs, but also reduce its environmental impact by cutting coal consumption and dust emissions.