EuroChem Group AG, a leading global fertilizer company, has opened a new ammonia production plant, EuroChem Northwest, in Kingisepp, Russia. The plant has the largest single-train production capacity in Europe, at 1 million tonnes per year – the company announced on its website.
Over the last three years, EuroChem has invested $1bn in the development of the plant, which has a design capacity of 2,890 tonnes per day, ensuring self-sufficiency for EuroChem in an important component of its fertilizer production needs. EuroChem will supply ammonia to its fertilizer production plants in Antwerp, Belgium, Lifosa in Lithuania, and Phosphorit, the Group’s adjacent phosphate fertilizer facility in Kingisepp.
About 25% of total output will be sold to third parties, offering them a more cost-effective supply of ammonia.
“The opening of EuroChem Northwest marks an important milestone in the company’s growth story, and cements our position as a global leader in fertilizer production. By investing in the latest technologies, this landmark facility will help deliver world-class nutrients to our growing customer base, allowing farmers to get more out of their land.” said Petter Ostbo, Chief Executive of EuroChem.
Close proximity to the Group’s existing rail and shipping facilities allows the ammonia to be easily transported to production units and world markets.
Maire Tecnimont subsidiaries Tecnimont SpA and Tecnimont Russia OOO, were retained for the engineering, procurement and construction of the plant. EuroChem Northwest incorporates the latest production technology, including KBR’s proprietary Purifier™ Ammonia Process.
The facility features a closed water recycling system to prevent effluent discharges into the nearby Luga River, which flows into the Baltic Sea in the Gulf of Finland.