Stamicarbon, the innovation and license company of Maire Tecnimont Group, has signed a contract with Abu Qir Fertilizers Co., in Alexandria, Egypt, for the revamp of one of their urea melt plants (known as Abu Qir 3). Stamicarbon will deliver the license and the Process Design Package for the revamped plant, which is expected to be operational in 2025.

The urea plant was designed in 1996 with a name plate capacity of 1750 metric tons per day (MTPD) and a design capacity of 1925 MTPD, according to Stamicarbon’s CO2 stripping process.

The scope of the revamp includes a capacity increase from the current production of 1940 MTPD currently to 2370 MTPD and a reduction in emissions from the melt plant absorbers to meet the local norm. The revamp will use Stamicarbon’s EVOLVE CAPACITY™ Mega Design with Medium Pressure Add-on technology.

Abu Qir

This state-of-the-art revamp technology allows capacity expansion of a plant without having to invest in high pressure equipment or a high pressure CO2 compressor, while simultaneously reducing the energy consumption. This technology has proven its value in several revamps and is achieved by smartly combining Stamicarbon’s knowledge with respect to urea technology and the use of existing margins of the installed equipment. The MP Add-on technology allows for large scale capacity revamping, while reducing energy consumption per ton of final urea product. The technology consists of a small add-on module connected to the existing plant structure and has the option to be switched off to provide additional operational flexibility.

Abu Qir Fertilizer Company is one of the largest producers of nitrogenous fertilizers in Egypt and the Middle East, producing about 50% of all Egyptian nitrogen fertilizers. Established in 1976, the company is located on the Gulf of Abu Qir, 20 km east of Alexandria .

Stamicarbon BV

Stamicarbon is the innovation and license company of the Maire Tecnimont Group. It is a pioneering company specialized in the fertilizer industry with a vision to help enable the world to feed itself and improve the quality of life. As a global leader in fertilizer technologies, they have licensed more than 260 urea plants and realized more than 100 revamping and optimization projects. This leading position is based on almost 75 years of experience in licensing and is maintained by its continuous innovations in technologies, products and materials. Stamicarbon’s headquarters is in Sittard, The Netherlands with a sales office in the USA and representative offices in Russia and China. For more information:

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Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, heads an industrial group which leads the global natural resource conversion market (downstream oil & gas plant engineering, with technological and executive expertise). Its subsidiary NextChem operates in the field of green chemicals and technologies in support of the energy transition. The Maire Tecnimont Group operates in approx. 45 countries, though approx. 50 operative companies and about 9,100 people. For further information:

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