Engineering & Construction Technip Undertakes Ammonia Plant Project

Editor: M.A. Manja Wühr

The producer of phosphate products, Mosaic, wants to expand its ammonia production capabilities and awarded Technip the FEED and EPC contract. For further information

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Technip awarded FEED contract by The Mosaic Company for proposed new ammonia plant in Louisiana/USA.
Technip awarded FEED contract by The Mosaic Company for proposed new ammonia plant in Louisiana/USA.
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Paris/France – Technip was awarded by The Mosaic Company the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract, as well as preparation of the corresponding engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) proposal, for a new ammonia plant under consideration by the global crop nutrient company. Mosaic’s preference is to locate the proposed plant adjacent to the company’s existing Faustina fertilizer manufacturing operations in St. James Parish, Louisiana/USA. It should have a capacity of 2,200 metric tons per day. This expansion would effectively triple the plant's production capabilities.

The proposed design of the plant would feature Haldor Topsøe’ proprietary ammonia process technology that Technip has successfully engineered and constructed in projects for more than 40 years. Technip will also perform the preliminary design work for the plant offsites, utilities, interconnections, and other supporting units for the facility.

Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas/USA, will execute the FEED contract in collaboration with its engineering center in Rome/Italy. The development of the FEED and corresponding EPC proposal began in November 2012; both are targeted for completion by mid-2013.

Mosaic is a producer of finished phosphate products. The company’s plan is to backward integrate more fully into ammonia production by expanding its present capacity at Faustina. Ammonia is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of phosphate-based crop nutrients. Mosaic expects that the plant expansion will create roughly 53 new jobs and approximately 366 indirect jobs, in addition to 1,400 temporary positions for workers and laborers needed for the plant's construction.