Kemerovo “Azot” puts into effect a 2-year repair cycle

Kemerovo Azot, SIBUR – Fertilizers its major shareholder, finished the basic stage of the project to introduce a 2-year repair cycle for its ammonia and urea production units, a common practice to carry out scheduled maintenance, widely accepted by European fertilizer industry. The project is part of the integrated modernisation programme aimed at increasing the plant’s operational efficiency. The introduction of a 2-year repair cycle will enhance natural gas consumption rates, reduce operational expenditures and increase output.

To secure a fully operative 2-year overhaul cycle ammonia & urea production facilities were thoroughly renovated: key equipment replaced, technological processes streamlined and automation systems upgraded. This secured optimal operating regime and ultimately more stable and efficient operation of the production units, reduced natural gas and energy consumption and added to the output.

Natural gas consumption in the production of ammonia decreased by an average of 9% this year already. Moreover, natural gas consumption rate of one of the plant’s ammonia units (less than 1.100 m3 per tonne of ammonia) was listed among the 5 best of the 37 similar units in the CIS. Start/Stop (when being repaired) costs reduction will amount to a minimum of 10,000,000 Russian roubles in 2 years. The 16 days of the units’ full capacity operation, released due to the 2-year overhaul period, will add to the plant’s output 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of ammonia and 25,000 to 35,000 tonnes of urea every two years.

In 2010, Kemerovo “Azot” produced over 1.011 mln tonnes of ammonia and 551,000 tonnes of urea. In 2011, annual output of both products is expected to grow by 6% year-on-year to amount to 1.078 mln tonnes of ammonia and 585,000 tonnes of urea.