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Nuberg EPC wins 500 tpd sulfuric acid plant project in Egypt

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Nuberg EPC, a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and turnkey project management company, has been awarded the 500 tpd sulfuric acid plant project on EPC and lump sum turnkey (LSTK) basis in Egypt. The project, which was awarded during the pandemic, is owned by Sprea Misr, a chemicals and plastics manufacturer in Ramadan City, Egypt. Nuberg EPC will be the single-point solution company responsible from concept to commissioning of the project. It is also the globally recognised sulfuric acid technology supplier.

The 500 tpd sulfuric acid plant project will be based on the latest double contact double absorption (DCDA) process technology. The double contact process is used for the production of sulfuric acid in high concentrations which is required for industrial purposes. The project also incorporates a 5 MW turbine with a steam-based power generation plant with a complete bypass arrangement. This is the first time that Nuberg EPC is building a turbine unit for electricity production. Sulfuric acid produced in the plants will be provided to the agriculture industry for the production of urea and other fertilizers.

This project comes as another milestone for Nuberg EPC, the sulfuric scid technology licensor in Egypt, as it is the fourth turnkey project for the company. Nuberg has also completed three other turnkey projects in Egypt, namely, a caustic soda plant for the Egyptian Petrochemical Co. in Alexandria, a calcium chloride plant for TCI Sanmar Chemicals in Port Said, and a sulfuric acid plant for AGROCHEM in Alexandria.

Signing the contract amidst the pandemic is considered an achievement by Nuberg EPC. In the Middle East, Nuberg EPC has successfully delivered over 15 turnkey projects in countries such as Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the UAE.

On being awarded the project, Mr A. K. Tyagi, Managing Director of Nuberg Engineering, commented: “We are thankful to Sprea Misr for entrusting our turnkey project engineering capabilities and our EPC services and solutions with its sulfuric acid plant. We are excited to partner with them and strengthen our relationship even further. Armed with competent, qualified, and professional engineers along with advancements in sulfuric acid plant technology, we are committed to commission the project 1Q22, faster than the industry average of 16 months.

“Nuberg EPC's scope of services for this project includes process design and technology, including product and technology development, process know-how and licensing, basic engineering, front end engineering design (FEED), construction management, operation and maintenance, detailed engineering, project management, commissioning, EPC and LSTK solutions, heavy fabrication, and start-up of the plant.”

Sulfuric acid finds its way through a wide range of applications in the hydrocarbon (oil and gas) industry and is one of the most important industrial chemicals. The major use of sulfuric acid is in the production of fertilizers, in petroleum refining to wash impurities out of gasoline, in derivatives, and other refinery and petrochemical products, in processing metals, and in automobiles as the electrolyte in the lead-acid storage battery.

Nuberg EPC has been providing plant design, engineering, technology, and turnkey solutions to the sulfuric acid industry for 25 years. Nuberg EPC has its own technology specially designed and developed to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of sulfuric acid plants. The company is a global leader for not only executing turnkey chemical and fertilizer projects worldwide but also serves hydrocarbon, steel, and nuclear and defence industries globally.

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