Poland's ZChP schedules debottlenecking of two ammonia plants

09 October 2013 15:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Poland's Zaklady Chemiczne Police (ZChP) has scheduled a debottlenecking of its ammonia installations for 2014/2015, the multi-component fertilizer producer said on Wednesday.

The work, which is part of a modernisation programme drawn up for the company's two 250,000 tonne/year ammonia plants and urea units, should increase output capacity by approximately 10%, it added.

“In the long-term perspective, the reduction of the average technical manufacturing cost of one tonne of ammonia will improve ZChP's market price competitiveness,” said Grzegorz Kulik, a spokesman for ZChP's parent group, Grupa Azoty.

“Moreover, implementation of this investment is also a step towards complying with BAT [Best Available Technology] requirements, such as reduction of energy consumption, and NH3 [ammonia] emissions,” he added.

ZChP mothballed one of its two ammonia plants for two years in 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis but restarted it after being taken over by Grupa Azoty.

Since the restart, Grupa Azoty has sourced a substantial amount of its required ammonia from ZChP, replacing imports of more expensive ammonia from Ukraine and Russia, Grupa Azoty said.

By: Will Conroy
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