15 August 2013 19:15 [Source: ICIS news]
BioNitrogen is anticipating the start of construction on the $175m (€131m) project during the third quarter of 2013. The proposed plant is initially anticipated to produce 15 tons/hour of urea. Once fully operational in early 2014, officials have said the facility’s output will result in approximately 179,400 tons/year of the vital crop nutrient.
The company said it selected Swiss-based Casale because its extensive experience with ammonia and urea technology will help accelerate completion of the plant’s engineering work. Casale is a global leader in the design and refurbishing of ammonia, urea, methanol and other chemical facilities with over 500 projects completed around the world.
“Employing Casale’s technology and existing designs will allow us to increase the plant’s production capacity from 360 tons/day to 520 tons/day, thereby improving the plant’s economics significantly. The technology will reduce both the investment per ton of production and the engineering time,” said Bryan Kornegay Jr, BioNitrogen president.
BioNitrogen is giving a second life to the leftover materials from farming, timber and mining activities, which would in the past be view as lacking any future value. The biomass is transformed into urea through a gasification technology process and catalytic conversion.
Casale joins a group of partners working on the fertilizer project, including the CCC Group of San Antonio, Texas, which will construct the plant, and UK-based AMEC, who is managing the engineering phase of the facility.
“We are very happy to have been selected by BioNitrogen for this project and look forward to working with them on the first plant in Florida. Casale will be providing leading edge ammonia and urea technologies and design experience and are excited about moving the project forward,” said Giuseppe Guarino, Casale CEO.
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