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Stamicarbon and Abu Qir Fertilizers sign licensing contract for urea plant revamp

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Stamicarbon, the innovation and license company of Maire Tecnimont Group, has signed a contract with Abu Qir Fertilizers Co., in Alexandria, Egypt, for the revamp of one of their urea melt plants (known as Abu Qir 3).

Stamicarbon will deliver the license and the Process Design Package for the revamped plant, which is expected to be operational in 2025.

The urea plant was designed in 1996 with a nameplate capacity of 1750 tpd and a design capacity of 1925 tpd, according to Stamicarbon’s CO2 stripping process. The scope of the revamp includes a capacity increase from the current production of 1940 tpd currently to 2370 tpd and a reduction in emissions from the melt plant absorbers to meet the local norm. The revamp will use Stamicarbon’s EVOLVE CAPACITY™ Mega Design with Medium Pressure Add-on technology.

The revamp technology allows capacity expansion of a plant without having to invest in high-pressure equipment or a high-pressure CO2 compressor, while simultaneously reducing the energy consumption.

The MP Add-on technology allows for large-scale capacity revamping, while reducing energy consumption per tonne of final urea product. The technology consists of a small add-on module connected to the existing plant structure and has the option to be switched off to provide additional operational flexibility.

Abu Qir Fertilizer Company is one of the largest producers of nitrogenous fertilizers in Egypt and the Middle East, producing about 50% of all Egyptian nitrogen fertilizers. Established in 1976, the company is located on the Gulf of Abu Qir, 20 km east of Alexandria.

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