13 August 2012 16:24 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Severodonetsk will shut down its 1-A ammonia unit at the end of this month for a six-week plant turnaround, the Ukrainian private fertilizer producer said on Monday.
The maintenance project, which will include work on items such as the catalyst and column synthesis, will boost the unit’s productivity rate to 1,700 tonnes a day from 1,600 tonnes a day and reduce natural gas consumption.
"The main goal of the repair work is to increase the stability of all the unit’s structures and to improve the cost of production," said Leonid Bugaevare, chairman and CEO of Severodonetsk.
"According to our calculations, the savings will be about 20,000 cubic metres of gas per day."
The plant shutdown will last from 31 August until 14 October, Bugaevare added.
Over the next two years, Severodonetsk plans to increase the capacity of its urea plant by 30% from the current 1,200 tonnes per day to 1,600 per day.
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