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Casale to license and engineer new dual pressure nitric acid plant

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World Fertilizer,

Casale and Agropolychim have signed an agreement which will ultimately lead to double its nitrogen-based fertilizer production capacity of up to 1.5 million tpy of AN, CAN, CN and UAN combined. Casale will license and engineer a new state-of-the-art dual pressure nitric acid plant that will enhance local green energy production. The plant is planned to be commissioned before the end of 2027.

It is a major step in the investment plan of Agropolychim, exceeding €250 million in the next five years.

This will further strengthen the company’s strategic position as one of the very few fertilizer producers in the world that operates on a carbon-neutral basis and is a further step towards becoming the benchmark for the green/blue fertilizer and ammonia platform in south-eastern Europe.

Agropolychim has been operating a dual pressure nitric acid plant based on Casale technology since 1973, testifying to the reliability, ease of operation and safety of the Swiss licensor’s technology.

Furthermore, Agropolychim pioneered, in 2004, the implementation of N20 abatement technology in nitric acid production, which afterwards became the European norm. These new standards have triggered the reduction of millions of tons CO2e and ensured that European plants have become the cleanest nitric acid plants in the world. The new Casale nitric acid plant, with its dual pressure technology, sustainable design, negligible emissions and zero effluents, will meet current European standards.

Since 2018, Agropolychim has been producing steam for process needs with biomass at a rate of 36 MWh, which allowed the company to keep its production at over 100% of its capacity in 2022, despite the gas crisis in Europe. Over the last five years, the gas consumption of the company has decreased by 98%.

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