Handover of Egypt’s largest nitrogen fertilizer complex
Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, a subsidiary of Thyssenkrupp AG headquartered in Essen, Germany, has supplied and recently commissioned Egypt’s largest nitrogen fertilizer complex. It is located in the Damietta free trade zone, some 160 km north-east of Cairo, and will be operated by the Egyptian Nitrogen Products Company (ENPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Misr Fertilizer Production Company (MOPCO). When running at full capacity, the plant will be capable of producing 2 400 t of ammonia and 3 850 tons of urea per day.
Greg McGlone, Managing Director of ENPC: “We are elated to have continuous production at our new world-scale fertilizer complex in Damietta. Together with our partner Thyssenkrupp we were able to successfully take this mega-project from start to completion, despite the extremely challenging political and economic circumstances in Egypt over the past nine years.”
Ralf Richmann, CEO of the Fertilizer & Syngas Technologies business unit of Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions: “This project demonstrates once again the immense trust of the major players within the fertilizer industry in our technological capabilities and decades of experience gained in the construction of more than 130 fertilizer plants worldwide. We are therefore in a position to offer our customers throughout the world optimum solutions for maximum cost efficiency, reliability and environmental compatibility.”
ENPC commissioned the EPC to build the new turnkey fertilizer complex including two ammonia and two urea plants as well as various offsite and related utility systems, product handling and storage facilities in 2007. Being the largest single fertilizer contract in the history of Thyssenkrupp up until then, it included the entire engineering (basic and detail), supply of the equipment, construction and commissioning.
The ammonia plants are based on proprietary ammonia process technology while the urea plants will use Netherlands-based Stamicarbon’s process. All selected processes are particularly environment-friendly and comply with stringent Egyptian and European standards as to read in a corresponding press release.