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Urea production begins at Uzbekistan’s new US$958 million industrial complex

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World Fertilizer,

The joint stock company Uzkimyosanoat has announced that urea production has begun at the new US$985 million ammonia and urea production complex at JSC Navoiyazot.

JSC Navoiyazot is a chemical plant in Uzbekistan that produces mineral fertilizers by processing natural gas. Construction of the new complex began in September 2016 to replace two outdated and energy inefficient facilities built in the 1960s. The new complex produced its first urea on 23 December 2020. 

Mr Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov, Chairman of the JSC Uzkimyosanoat, said: “I would like to thank our national and international partners who supported the construction of the new ammonia and urea production complex at JSC Navoiyazot. Commissioning of the new complex was completed within 53 days despite Covid and existing restrictions, testament to the hard work of all involved.”

The new complex has the capacity to produce 660 000 t of ammonia and 577 500 t of urea. 330 000 t of ammonia will be used to produce new urea and 330 000 t to produce ammonium nitrate.

When at full production capacity, the complex will expand Uzbekistan’s domestic chemical production by 9.5%, provide an annual revenue of 600 billion Soums and export US$58 million worth of additional products.

Completion of the plant will meet domestic agriculture demand for urea and provide up to 100 – 150 kg/ha of additional mineral fertilizers during agrotechnical periods for grain and cotton crops.

Production will also be exported to neighbouring countries in Central Asia as well as Turkey, Ukraine, and Georgia.

Japanese banks and financial institutions provided US$577 million of loan finance for the project. A US$320 million loan was provided by the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, with US$88.7 million coming from the company’s own funds.

Additional cooperation was provided by a consortium of Japanese companies: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and Mitsubishi Corp. The complex’s main equipment was imported from Japan and Europe. It also uses production technologies from leading international companies such as: Haldor Topsoe, Denmark, for the production of ammonia, Sapiem, Italy, for the production of urea, and Udhe, Germany, for the granulation of urea.

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