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UCC Shchekinoazot operates methanol and ammonia co-production plant for 2 years

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Shchekinoazot, a leading Russian chemical company, has reported 2 years of stable operation of its methanol and ammonia co-production plant based on Haldor Topsoe’s integrated methanol and ammonia production (IMAPTM) process. The plant is designed to co-produce 450 000 tpy of methanol and 135 000 tpy of ammonia. This is the first methanol plant in the world that also allows for the production of small volumes of ammonia. There are currently seven Topsoe IMAP methanol and ammonia co-production plants in operation globally, with the Shchekinoazot plant being the most recent.

“We have seen very satisfactory reliability and availability of the IMAP unit and appreciate the energy-efficient process. From the beginning of the project to start-up and operation, our specialists have had access to Haldor Topsoe’s support, training, and knowledge whenever needed. Together with Topsoe’s high quality catalysts, this has been a decisive factor in securing that our plant is always running in optimal mode. It has been important to us that this technology is proven and that is developed, delivered and serviced by one vendor with complete overview of the processes,” said Anatoliy Surba, CEO of Shchekinoazot.

"We are very pleased that Shchekinoazot is satisfied with the performance of their IMAP plant. We are proud to supply a proprietary process that has been in operation in seven facilities around the globe for over 20 years," added Amy Hebert, Deputy CEO and EVP, Haldor Topsoe.

IMAP technology uses an efficient process scheme with a shared reforming section that minimises both capital costs and operating expenses. The process can deliver any split between ammonia and methanol.

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