KBR awarded contract for Bolivia ammonia plant

14 February 2013 23:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--KBR announced on Thursday it has been awarded a contract by Samsung Engineering Company to provide a license and basic engineering design package for an ammonia fertilizer plant in Carrasco, Bolivia.

In addition to the design aspect of the complex, KBR will also supply proprietary equipment for the 1,200 tonnes/day ammonia plant.

According to KBR officials, the plant will be engineered using the company’s Purifier Technology, which is expected to accelerate bringing the plant online and assist operators by producing ammonia in a more energy efficient manner.

No financial details of the contract were provided, but KBR said production is expected to begin in mid-2015.

With the rise in demand for fertilizers in South America in recent years, namely from Brazil and Argentina, the government of Bolivia has undertaken a strategic course of action intended to result in the monetization of natural gas and the increasing demand for urea.  

KBR officials described the upcoming project work as further opportunity to grow the company's global presence.

“We look forward to working with Samsung Engineering on this project, which contributes to both strategic initiatives and overall development of the country of Bolivia,” said John Derbyshire, president of KBR Technology. “This award represents an opportunity to further expand KBR’s footprint in the Latin American market.”

Based in Houston, KBR is a supplier of ammonia process technologies and has been involved with licensing, designing and engineering of over 200 plants across the globe which represents half of the current ammonia production.


By: Mark Milam



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