France's Technip wins contract for Mosaic's planned ammonia plant

03 January 2013 07:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--French engineering firm Technip said on Thursday it has been awarded by US-based Mosaic the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a new ammonia plant that the finished phosphate products maker is planning to build.

Technip will also be involved in the preparation of the corresponding engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) proposal for the 2,200 tonnes/day unit, the company said in a statement.

“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,” Technip said.

Mosaic would prefer to locate the proposed plant adjacent to its existing Faustina fertilizer manufacturing operations in St. James Parish, Louisiana, it said.

Technip’s operating centre in Houston, Texas will execute the FEED contract in collaboration with its engineering centre in Rome, Italy, the company said.

The development of the FEED and corresponding EPC proposal began in November last year; both are targeted for completion by mid-2013, it added.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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