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Uhde to engineer one of the world’s largest liquid fertilizer plants  

By Gerald Ondrey |

OCI Construction Group has selected ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH (Uhde; Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.eu) for an engineering and procurement contract for the construction of one of the world’s largest single-train liquid fertilizer plants to be built in the U.S. Uhde was awarded the contract for the design and supply of a liquid fertilizer plant, which will be built near Wever, Iowa through its U.S. business partner Uhde Corporation of America (Pittsburgh, Pa.). The liquid fertilizer urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) is produced from ammonia and carbon dioxide, with urea solution, nitric acid and ammonium nitrate being produced as intermediates. The customer is Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), which is building the entire complex for its subsidiary, Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo). Commissioning is scheduled for 2015. This will be the first new sizeable fertilizer complex to be built in the U.S. in almost 25 years. Uhde will develop the engineering for six of the seven process plants, as well as supplying the required process equipment and machinery. As an additional product the plant will produce a high purity urea solution (also called Diesel Exhaust Fluid, DEF), which will be used to improve the environmental performance of diesel…
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