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May 7, 2014

Toyo awarded contract for Petrobras ammonia plant

Mary Page Bailey

Toyo Engineering Corp. (Tokyo, Japan;, in cooperation with SOG - Oleo e Gas S.A., a leading engineering company in Brazil, has been awarded a contract from Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), a Brazilian state-run oil company. The contract involves construction of a new ammonia plant (UFN-5) with a production capacity of 1,500 metric tons/day (m.t./d) to be installed at Uberaba, Minas Gerais State in southeastern Brazil. The project scope covers licensing, engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, installation, commissioning and operation assistance. The plant is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2017. The ammonia process technology is licensed from Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). The contract’s value is approximately $880 million. Although the production of natural gas as feedstock in Brazil is increasing recently, the country imports most of the fertilizer it consumes. Therefore, producing fertilizer domestically is regarded as an important task for the nation.

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