KBR wins contract for Dorogobuzh’s ammonia plant in Russia


KBR has secured a contract to provide licensing and basic engineering design (LBED) to revamp Dorogobuzh JSC’s ammonia plant in the Smolensk region of Russia. 

The plant was originally constructed by KBR. 

Under the agreement, the company will supply its ammonia technology to increase the capacity of the plant to 2,100mtpd.

KBR’s revamp technology KBR Reforming Exchanger System (KRES) will be used in conjunction with its True Cold Wall Add-on Converter to achieve low project cost revamping.

This would enable Dorogobuzh to produce low-cost ammonia in a bid to meet increasing demand. 

"The application of KRES in conjunction with KBR's reliable add-on ammonia converter provides low-cost revamping to Dorogobuzh and numerous similar plants in the region."

KBR technology and consulting president John Derbyshire said: "The application of KRES in conjunction with KBR's reliable add-on ammonia converter provides low-cost revamping to Dorogobuzh and numerous similar plants in the region.

"We are pleased to contribute KBR's innovative technology solution for natural gas monetisation in Russia.

"KBR is a leader in helping clients debottleneck their ammonia plants and achieve greater production capacities, process efficiencies and reliability."

Last month, Dorogobuzh, an Acron Group company, launched a $75m upgrade project that will increase the capacity of its ammonia unit to 2,100tpd from 1,740tpd.

Scheduled to conclude in the second half of 2019, the project is expected to boost annual output by 130,000t.