It will utilize the dual-pressure ammonia process from plant engineering specialists ThyssenKrupp Uhde, a globally unique technology that not only offers outstanding reliability and environmental friendliness, but also enables single-train plants to produce 3,000 to 4,000 tons of ammonia per day.
To date there are only two plants of this size in operation worldwide, with a third under construction. The world’s biggest ammonia plant is also operated by Ma’aden and went into service in 2011. All plants use the dual-pressure ammonia process and other technologies from ThyssenKrupp Uhde.
Saudi Arabia is a strategically important market
Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, CEO of ThyssenKrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area, underlines the importance of the investment for the strategic development of the Group: “We are focusing firmly on the markets of the future. The MENA region is an attractive market for our high-tech products and services. The orders and projects for ThyssenKrupp in connection with Ma’aden II run into the three-digit millions.”
With a population of almost 28 million and GDP of US$657 billion (2012), Saudi Arabia is by far the biggest economy in the MENA region. As the population grows, demand for food is rising constantly. “Our engineering is helping local industries and agriculture meet the demand for ‘more’ food using ‘better’, high-tech fertilizer plants,” says Dr. Atzpodien.
Higher capacities and lower energy consumption through “dual-pressure ammonia process”
To leverage economies of scale in the production of ammonia – one of the most important elements in the manufacture of fertilizers – there is a trend toward building bigger plants. But significant capacity increases are restricted by manufacturing limits for some plant components. ThyssenKrupp Uhde’s dual-pressure ammonia process, in which a once-through synthesis unit is installed to produce ammonia upstream of the conventional synthesis loop, can boost the capacity of a single-train plant by 65 percent while at the same time reducing its energy consumption by four percent.
A full range of specialist engineering and construction services and a shipbuilding history stretching back centuries are the strengths of the Industrial Solutions business area. High-quality engineering is at the center of our success. Global project management skills, first-class system integration expertise, reliable procurement and supplier management, and a service offering meeting the highest standards form the basis for lasting customer satisfaction. 18,000 employees at over 70 locations form a global network with a technology portfolio that guarantees maximum productivity and cost-efficiency.