US KBR study to expand ammonia capacity at Fertial’s Algeria plants

07 November 2013 21:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--KBR has contracted with Fertial to conduct a study that will yield a 50% growth in ammonia production capacity at two Algerian plants, as well as improve safety and energy efficiency, the US-based engineering firm said on Thursday.

The outcomes of the study will be introduced in phases to the 1970s-era plants, KBR said.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“I am confident that the commercial potential of our technology revamp assessment will help our customer achieve its objective of a more efficient operation with greater production capacity,” said John Derbyshire, president of KBR Technology.

A joint venture between Spain's Fertiberia and Algeria's Asmidal, Fertial produced more than 850,000 tonnes of ammonia in 2012, of which 750,000 tonnes was exported, mainly to markets in Europe and North Africa.

According to ICIS Plants and Projects, Fertial has two plants in Annaba, Algeria – an ammonia plant with 850,000 tonnes/year capacity and an ammonium nitrate facility with 330,000 tonnes/year capacity.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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