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Acron launches new nitric acid unit in Veliky Novgorod

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World Fertilizer,

Acron Group, a producer of mineral fertilizer in Russia and across the globe, has commissioned a new 135 000 tpa nitric acid unit at its Veliky Novgorod site. 

Acron Group’s updated investment programme, adopted in 2017, includes construction of two nitric acid units with a total capacity of 270 000 t per year in Veliky Novgorod. Novgorod GIAP (a member of Acron Group) is the general designer for the project, which will cost a total of over RUB2 billion.

Acron Board of directors chair Alexander Popov comments: “The commissioning of this new unit will boost nitric acid capacity to 1.65 million t per year. Following the launch of the second unit scheduled for mid-2019, aggregate capacity will reach 1.8 million t per year, allowing the group to increase its output of key products – AN, UAN and NPK – in the future”.

The production of nitric acid as a primary material for mineral fertilizers was first launched at the Veliky Novgorod site in the 1970s. The new units are high-tech and state-of-the-art production facilities. With the launch of its new nitric acid units, Acron will reduce its ammonia consumption to the lowest rate when compared to similar facilities in the CIS. The highly efficient gas turbine unit GTU-8 will save over 4.3 million m3 of natural gas annually. As an added benefit, the expensive catalyst grids will need replacing only once a year, instead of the semi-annual replacements previously required.

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