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How can you leverage digitalization for employee training and knowledge transfer?

Digitalization in the chemical industry is progressing slower than in other, more digitally mature industries – like ICT or telecommunications, for instance. Yet, in recent years, a significant transformation has already occurred, with digitalization playing an important role in streamlining operations and boosting the efficiency of chemical manufacturing plants. A newly built – grassroots – plant typically already has a computerized Distributed Control System (DCS), making it easier to digitalize the plant further.

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OTS setup
Reducing emissions in nitric acid production with tertiary abatement systems

To comply with the environmental legislation, all the new and most of the existing nitric acid plants need to implement measures to reduce N2O and NOx emissions into the atmosphere. Abatement systems to reduce emissions are getting more important, as many existing plants do not have such systems and still need to comply with environmental regulations.  

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Sustainable fertilizers
Distributed ammonia and sustainable fertilizer production

Nitrogen-based fertilizers are essential for feeding the growing world population, and their availability and affordability for farmers are critical for ensuring food security. Depending on the region and the socio-economic situation in the world, fertilizer availability differs. Even before the escalation of the conflict in Eastern Europe last year, global fertilizer supplies were impacted by COVID-19 disruptions, labor shortages, high fertilizer consumption in Southeast Asia, and general price volatility. 

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Green Ammonia
Operational experience with a running Ultra-Low Energy urea plant 

The Ultra-Low Energy (ULE) Design was first introduced in 2012, aiming to reduce the energy consumption of urea plants. The first ULE plant went into operation in 2021 in China for Xinlianxin (XLX) Chemicals Group, with a nameplate capacity of 2334 MTPD urea. This article shares the highlights of the ULE technology and the first experiences with the operational ULE plant in China.

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First ULE plant in operation in 2021 (XLX-I)
Experiences with Operator Training Simulator at Nobian's chlorine production plant

Stamicarbon is delivering another Operator Training Simulator (OTS) to Nobian, a leading European producer of chlorine with facilities in the Netherlands and Germany. Nobian produces chlorine for use by different companies in the region and has extensive experience using Stamicarbon’s digital product, being an OTS customer since 2001. This article will highlight Nobian’s experience with the OTS.

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OTS training at Stamicarbon
Local for local - Assessing the feasibility of green ammonia production in Angola

Stamicarbon has recently completed a study for Minbos Resources to determine the technical feasibility of the Capanda green ammonia project in Malanje province, Angola, east of the capital Luanda. This pre-feasibility study defined the required process units, plant configuration and estimated CAPEX and OPEX for a 320 MTPD plant producing green ammonia as feedstock for 50% Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) and 50% Low-Density Ammonium Nitrate (LDAN). 

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A full Capanda Dam with Pedras Negras in the background
Moving towards sustainable future: MAIRE Group’s sustainability roadmap

Sustainability has become a critical aspect of the modern world. Words like decarbonization, net zero, carbon neutrality and energy transition have penetrated the core of the process industry. But why is sustainability so important, and why are we discussing it now? Stamicarbon has interviewed Ilaria Catastini, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Advocacy at MAIRE, to learn more about the Group’s approach to sustainability.

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Green Ammonia