02 December 2013 11:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Russian nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer Uralchem on Monday said it has signed a joint technology development agreement for the synthesis of urea with Stamicarbon, a leading developer and licensor of urea processes.
The Moscow-based company said the new technology "will allow for the production of higher quality urea with less capital expenditure" and "should result in the creation of a new technology that will be available for commercial use globally".
"Uralchem will build, at its Perm mineral fertilizers site, a pilot unit designed by Stamicarbon, using the new technology," the producer said in a short statement. "Subject to the positive evaluation of the pilot plant operations, Stamicarbon will proceed to the basic design of a commercial scale plant."
According to Uralchem, the agreement with Netherlands-headquartered Stamicarbon is built on Stamicarbon's intellectual property and Uralchem's five years of research cooperation with the Moscow State University (MSU) Department of Chemistry.
"This is one of those unique examples in modern Russian history in which a prominent western engineering company utilizes scientific findings of Russian fabricators and academic institutions," noted Valeriy Lunin, Dean of the MSU Department of Chemistry, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
One of Russia’s largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, Uralchem’s annual production capacities include 1.2m tonnes of urea, over 2.5m tonnes of ammonium nitrate (AN), 2.8m tonnes of ammonia, 800,000 tonnes of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and monoammonium phosphate (MAP), and 800,000 tonnes of complex fertilizers.Stamicarbon, the licensing and intellectual property centre of Italian engineering group Maire Tecnimont, is described as leader in licensing of urea technology and services with more than 50% market share in synthesis and 32% market share in urea granulation technology.
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