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Eco-friendly hydrogen production launched in Kuzbass


Eco-friendly hydrogen production launched in Kuzbass

The most advanced hydrogen production plant in Russia has been built at the site of the largest chemical complex in the country, “Azot” in Kemerovo (part of the holding "SDS-Azot"). The new structure has a capacity of 25 thousand cubic meters per hour and will make use of an automatic emission monitoring system – Chemistry Complex

The construction was carried out using technology of the German company Linde AG. Hydrogen created in the new facility will be used to produce caprolactam.

Today we have launched the commissioning works of a new plant for the production of hydrogen from natural gas. Built on our factory, it is the most modern one in Russia, with a total budget of around 3 billion rubles.

Igor Bexukh, CEO of Azot

The new facility is capable of autonomous operation, has a high degree of gas conversion for hydrogen extraction, and is equipped with an automatic emission monitoring system, which will contribute to their control and reduction.

The launch of the new hydrogen production plant will allow for the decommissioning of the old, outdated and inefficient equipment. Some of the old equipment previously in use was obtained from Germany in the post-war years and was used at the Kemerovo chemical plant for over 60 years.

The plant is equipped with modern high-tech equipment and created new jobs that require a completely different level of training. Now the task of the enterprise is to raise the average salary level to 80 thousand rubles, which will help attract highly qualified personnel.

Igor Bezukh, CEO of Azot

Mr Bezukh also noted that only technology that meets all environmental standards will be used at the facility.

The Kemerovo Azot Plant, part of SDS-Azot, is one of the largest producers of nitrogen fertilizers in Russia, and the main supplier of ammonium nitrate for use in mining enterprises in Siberia and the Russian Far East. Its market share in the region is around 85%.

The company produces one third of the total volume of caprolactam in Russia and accounts for 50% of its exports.

In the next six years, it is planned to build a new ammonia production line at Azot with a budget of 150 billion rubles. It is expected that this will allow the chemical plant to double its production volumes and create new jobs.

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