Itafos announces commencement of technical studies related to Itafos Conda organic growth projects
Published by Jessica Casey,
Itafos has commenced technical studies related to Itafos Conda organic growth projects, including anhydrous hydrogen fluoride and precipitated silica (AHF/PS) by-product recovery and on-site ammonia production, as part of the company’s strategic focus on optimising Itafos Conda’s EBITDA generation capability. The company expects to provide a further update on the respective technical studies by 1Q21.
The AHF/PS by-product recovery initiative aims at improving Itafos Conda’s EBITDA generation capability by extracting and commercialising high-value by-products AHF and PS without impacting Itafos Conda’s manufacturing process. The initiative contemplates the extraction of fluoride, in the form of silico-fluoride, from the tailings pond water at Itafos Conda via continuous ion exchange (CIX) and conversion to AHF and PS considering a patented process. To advance the development of the initiative, the company has engaged leading third parties to conduct pilot plant testing and complete a FEED study, which is expected to be completed over an 18-month timeframe. The next milestone in advancing the development of the initiative is concentrating silico-fluoride via CIX at pilot scale, which is expected to be completed by 2Q21.
The on-site ammonia production initiative aims at improving Itafos Conda’s EBITDA generation capability by reducing the cost and stabilising the supply of ammonia to Itafos Conda by producing ammonia on-site to meet Itafos Conda’s fertilizer production requirements and commercialising any excess production. The initiative contemplates the installation of a skid-mounted, small-scale ammonia plant at Itafos Conda using natural gas as feedstock. The initiative is expected to rely upon mature Haber-Bosch technology, recently made viable at small scale due to flexible steam-methane reforming and skid-mounted ammonia synthesis, and to leverage the existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure at Itafos Conda. To advance the development of the initiative, the company has engaged a leading third party to complete a feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by 1Q21.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/project-news/14092020/itafos-announces-commencement-of-technical-studies-related-to-itafos-conda-organic-growth-projects/
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