17 December 2012 16:20 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Poland's Zaklady Chemiczne Police (ZChP) is debottlenecking its two 250,000 tonne/year ammonia installations, the company said on Monday.
Production capacity should be increased by around 10% by the process, which is part of a modernisation programme covering ZChP's ammonia and urea units, it added.
The modernisation of the urea unit was largely focused on reducing emissions of urea particles and cutting condensate levels in waste water, the company said.
One of the ZChP ammonia plants, located in Police, northwest Poland, was mothballed for two years until September last year, to account for reduced demand caused by the onset of the financial crisis.
However, ZChP restarted the plant after it was taken over by fellow Polish fertilizer producer Zaklady Azoty Tarnow (ZAT), based in Tarnow, southern Poland.
ZAT said it was continuing to use a high proportion of the installation's ammonia output for its own needs, instead of more expensive supplies from Polish, Ukrainian and Russian sellers.
Both ZAT and ZChP have been rebranded as members of Grupa Azoty, the group that ZAT says should be fully launched early in the new year when a merger with another Polish chemical company, Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) is set to take place.
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