OCI Construction wins Iowa nitrogen fertiliser plant contract

Iowa Fertilizer (IFCo), a wholly owned subsidiary of Orascom Construction Industries has awarded a $1bn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to OCI Construction Group to build a new greenfield nitrogen fertiliser plant in southeastern Iowa, US.

The new plant will use production process technologies from Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), Stamicarbon (Maire Tecnimont Group) and ThyssenKrupp Uhde (Uhde) to manufacture nearly 1.5-2mmtpy of ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).

Uhde will provide EP services for the urea, UAN and DEF lines while Maire Tecnimont will deliver EP services for the ammonia stream.

The OCI Construction is also constructing a nitrogen fertiliser plant in Egypt, in cooperation with Marie Tecnimont Group and KBR.

OCI Construction Group chief operating officer, Osama Bishai said the OCI Construction Group will use its US construction platform, which now includes the Weitz Company, to quickly complete the project.

''We have worked well with Maire Tecnimont Group and Uhde on several projects and believe our performance on this project will be a landmark reference for us to grow our business in North America," Bishai said.

Maire Tecnimont Group chief operating officer Pierroberto Folgiero said this is the first contract of the Maire Tecnimont Group in North America.

''This contract opens up new growth opportunities in North America for our Group and consolidates our track record in the strategic fertilizer sector," Folgiero said.

ThyssenKrupp Uhde executive board chairman Dr Michael Thiemann said; ''The fertiliser contract in Iowa is the next chapter in our success story with OCI, which, after Egypt and Algeria, has now taken us to the United States."

The construction of the plant is expected to be completed in 35 months.