EuroChem starts work on $1bn ammonia complex in Russia


EuroChem agrochemical company subsidiary Phosphorit has started construction of a new $1bn ammonia complex in Kingisepp, Russia.

The complex will feature utilities and offsites such as a warehouse for liquid ammonia, and will have a capacity of one million tonnes per annum. It will incorporate advanced technology for ammonia production in compliance with safety measures.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities are expected to be completed within three years.

" We are pleased to have launched the construction of our new ammonia production facility in Kingisepp."

The project is in line with the company's plan to obtain self-sufficiency through its own raw materials base.

EuroChem CEO Dmitry Strezhnev said: "We are pleased to have launched the construction of our new ammonia production facility in Kingisepp, which is expected to be brought online in 2018.

"The additional volumes of ammonia from the Kingisepp facility will have a direct, positive effect on the future efficiency and reliability of our fertiliser production.

"This will further strengthen our business, placing us at the forefront of global fertilizer production."

International expert organisations have issued positive comments on the project with respect to its environmental and social impact, and industrial safety, EuroChem said.

In April, Eurochem, Maire Tecnimont and SACE signed a memorandum of understanding to develop five projects in the US, Kazakhstan and Russia in the next ten years, to produce five million tonnes of ammonia and 7.5 million tonnes of urea a year.

In June, EuroChem awarded a €660m contract to Maire Tecnimont to design and construct an ammonia plant in Kingisepp.