KBR to provide PurifierTM Ammonia technology
Dyno Nobel Louisiana Ammonia LLC, the US subsidiary of Australian group Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL), made the final investment decision (FID) to build a new nitrogen-based fertilizer plant in Louisiana, USA.
Located along the Mississipi River on the industrial corridor, this new fertilizer facility will be integrated in the facilities of the Cornerstone Chemicals Company.
Based in Melbourne in the Victoria State, Australia, IPL activities rely on two businesses:
The fast development of the emerging countries has generated these last years a surge for fundamental needs such food and minerals which have benefited to IPL businesses.
Because of its geographical position, Incitec Pivot Limited has historically access to India and China, the countries with the most numerous populations and the highest growth per year.
In order to take the best advantage of these opportunities, Incitec Pivot has decided to ramp up its production capacities in both activities, nitrogen-based fertilizers and industrial purpose explosives.
KBR PurifierTM to provide IPL with safety and reliability
In this perspective and considering that natural gas is the main feedstock to produce ammonia-based derivatives, it came as an evidence for IPL to consider the USA and their glut of shale gas to build new production capacities.
Considering all the risks associated to the production or transformation of nitrogen-based chemical products, safety is the number priority for IPL businesses.
This primary target of safety begins with the selection of the location of a new plant.
In going for a brownfield project in this existing chemical complex, IPL will benefit from the related infrastructures, including to handle ammonia, and skilled manpower able to work under tough safety standards.
From this amount, 300,000 t/y are already sold out for the local market with agreements with Transammonia Inc. and Cornerstone Chemicals Company.
From the $800 million capital expenditure of the project, $600 million will go to the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services contract awarded by IPL to the Houston-based engineering company KBR.