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Grupa Azoty purchases nitric acid technology

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Grupa Azoty Pulawy has purchased a nitric acid production technology from thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG.

Grupa Azoty Pulawy recently signed a contract with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG of Germany for the grant of a licence for a nitric acid production technology. The contract covers the delivery of process documentation and key equipment, and the supervision over plant installation and start-up.

The construction of the new nitric acid production unit is a key element of Grupa Azoty Pulawy’s project to develop fertilizer production. The existing four nitric acid production lines will be modernised. The unit’s environmental impact will be substantially reduced.

“It is currently the largest investment project underway in the Grupa Azoty Group’s fertilizer segment and the Pulawy plant’s largest one in more than a decade. The fertilizer segment is particularly important for the entire Grupa Azoty Group as it generates about 60% of its revenue. The steps that Grupa Azoty Pulawy is taking are to prepare a base for the manufacture of modern fertilizers, thus filling the gap in our offering,” commented Jacek Janiszek, President of Grupa Azoty Pulawy.

The, the project will largely contribute to improving the efficiency of nitric acid-based fertilizer production. A part of the output of the new (fifth) nitric acid unit will be processed on a new line for the production of speciality liquid and solid fertilizers: magnesium nitrate, calcium nitrate and potassium nitrate, with a target capacity of 600 tpd.

“We plan to invest more than PLN 1bn in the nitrate fertilizers area by 2021. In addition to the new nitric acid unit, we will also build two nitrate mechanical granulation lines. These investments will allow us to market new products, awaited by farmers. In the next four years, Grupa Azoty Pulawy will expand its product range by six new fertilizers,” added Andrzej Skwarek, member of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty Pulawy.

The new fertilizers will serve as the base for blended fertilizers manufactured at the Dobre Miasto plant based on fertilizers produced in other Grupa Azoty Group’s plants.

“The technology we have purchased for the new nitric acid line at Grupa Azoty Pulawy is a modern and proven solution that meets the highest environmental requirements,” said Richard Saure, Head of Operating Unit Nitrates and Phosphates at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG.

The EnviNOx® process of catalytic reduction of N2O and NOx will help to achieve low emission levels. The agreement also guarantees low consumption rates for main materials and feedstock.

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