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May 19, 2008

Topsoe technology for large ammonia plant in Algeria

Gerald Ondrey

A contract for the supply of Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; process technology and catalysts for two ammonia plants has been signed with the Algeria Oman Fertilizer Co. (El Djazairia El Omania Lil Asmida SPA) — a joint venture between the Suhail Bahwan Group Holding LLC of Oman and Sonatrach, an Algerian government-owned company formed to exploit the country's hydrocarbon resources — and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

The fertilizer production complex will be built in the Arzew industrial zone near Oran, the second largest city in Algeria, on the Mediterranean coast. The complex will consist of two 2,000 m.t./d ammonia production plants, two 3,500 m.t./d urea production and granulation plants and supporting facilities. The main part of the ammonia will be converted into urea.

Algeria is the world's fourth-largest producer of natural gas and also produces high-quality light crude oil. In recent years, Algeria has been promoting the production of high-value-added products from these resources to foster its own industries. As demand for fertilizer is expected to continue expanding steadily due to rising food production in response to global population growth, the new complex is expected to contribute substantially to Algeria's economic development.


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