Fertilizer Producer Invests
August 29, 2013
Polish fertilizer producer Zakłady Azotowe Puławy has built and launched several new chemical installations, which it says are among the most modern in Europe.
At the beginning of July, the company, which is based in the town of Puławy, 130 km east of Warsaw, officially launched an installation for desulfuring flue gas based on the so-called wet ammonia method. This is the first installation of this type in Europe and the third such facility worldwide, according to Zakłady Azotowe Puławy.
At the same time, Zakłady Azotowe Puławy cut the ribbon on two new facilities as part of its new fertilizer complex—an installation for the production of liquid fertilizers with the addition of sulfur and a logistics center for granular fertilizers.
The company says it has spent roughly zl.460 million on all these projects. Next year Zakłady Azotowe Puławy plans to complete further investment projects, including an installation for the production of granular fertilizers. These projects are at an advanced stage, the company says.
The new flue gas desulfuring installation is one of the world’s first installations based on the wet ammonia method, Zakłady Azotowe Puławy says. The project aims to reduce emissions from combined heat-and-power plants by more than 80 percent. The by-product of this technology is ammonium sulfate, which can be used to make fertilizers containing sulfur.
“Fertilizers from the new projects are our response to the needs of the agricultural market in Central Europe, which we examined beforehand,” said Marian Rybak, President of the Management Board at Zakłady Azotowe Puławy. “Research confirms that soil needs to be enriched with sulfur. Our new liquid fertilizers, and soon also granular fertilizers, will provide this element, which is important for many crops.”
The main objective of the investment projects by Zakłady Azotowe Puławy is to increase the efficiency of production while meeting top quality and environmental care standards, the company says. By investing in environmentally friendly technology, Zakłady Azotowe Puławy says it has significantly reduced pollutants emitted into the air as well as wastewater pollution. Since 1985 the company says it has reduced particulate matter pollutants by 94 percent, wastewater pollution by 70 percent, and gaseous pollutants by 53 percent. The new flue gas desulfuring installation will reduce the concentration of SO2 from 3,000 mg/m3 to below 200 mg/m3, the company says.
Zakłady Azotowe Puławy is the second largest player on the European market for nitrogen fertilizers: granular urea, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate and urea ammonium nitrate solution. Moreover, Puławy is a global leader on the melamine market and a major supplier of caprolactam to Asian markets. Puławy is also Poland’s only producer of hydrogen peroxide, the largest producer of AdBlue and other urea solutions in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as a recognized producer of liquid carbon dioxide, dry ice and ammonia water.