Kazakhstan's Kaspiy Azot to launch ammonia-urea complex in 2014

03 January 2014 14:40 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Kazakhstan will see the launch of a major ammonia-urea complex this year, the country's Ministry for Industry and New Technologies said on Friday.

Plants with capacities for 850,000 tonnes/year of granular urea and 527,000 tonnes/year of ammonia would be commissioned by the Kaspiy Azot enterprise in Mangystau, western Kazakhstan, it added.

Kazakhstan benefits from large deposits of natural and associated gases, which are core raw materials in the production of nitrogen fertilizers, the ministry noted.

The country's major gas resources are drawn from gas fields in Karachaganak, Tengiz, and Kashagan.

Kazakhstan has plans to become a major exporter of both nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, while using its wealth of cheap gas feedstocks to create an ethane-fuelled petrochemical complex outside Atyrau, near the KazMunayGas refinery in western Kazakhstan, according to KAZNEX INVEST, the country's national export and investment agency.

Kazakhstan has huge deposits of phosphate ores mainly concentrated in the Karatau basin in Zhambyl district, southeastern Kazakhstan and across other parts of southern Kazakhstan, the agency said.

The country's main producer of phosphorus-containing compound fertilizers is Kazphosphate, an integrated company that also mines and processes phosphate rock, it added.

By Will Conroy