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Uhde commissions Europe’s biggest urea plant  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Europe’s biggest urea plant comes on-stream: ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.eu) contractors have supplied and commissioned a plant for the production of 3,500 metric tons (m.t.) per day of urea solution in Sluiskil, Netherlands, for Yara of Norway, the world’s biggest producer of urea. The plant, which took three years to build, has now been handed over to the customer. Yara has invested €400 million in its construction. The plant meets the latest environmental standards as well as best available technology standards. There are even special collection systems that, should the plant malfunction, ensure that no hazardous substances escape into the environment. Some of the urea it produces will not be used as fertilizer but as an aqueous urea solution to treat diesel exhaust fumes. This technology, which is known as AdBlue, reduces NOx emissions. This urea solution is now being sold at service stations, for example, and is marketed by Yara under the name of Air1. It enables the latest models of commercial vehicles to achieve the maximum permissible limit values specified in Eurocode 5 and in a few years time Eurocode 6. The required feedstocks are ammonia and carbon dioxide, which are both available…
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