thyssenkrupp’s plant engineering business won a major order for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of a new fertiliser complex, from the Egyptian chemical and fertiliser manufacturer, El Nasr Company for Intermediate Chemicals (NCIC).
thyssenkrupp is realising the project in a consortium with the Egyptian company PETROJET. The order value for thyssenkrupp is in the mid-three-digit million-euro range.
“We have a particularly successful partnership with Egypt stretching back to more than 160 years, which offers a great potential for the future. Our longstanding experience in plant construction, our strong local presence, and close collaboration with our customers, form the basis for our success and strong market position in the region,” says Marcel Fasswald, the CEO of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions.
“To date, we have planned and built 16 of the 17 existing nitrogen fertiliser plants in the country and are delighted that another state-of-the-art plant will now be added,” says Ralf Richmann, the CEO of Fertilizer and Syngas Technologies.
The new fertiliser complex will be built in Ain Sokhna, around 100km southeast of Cairo, close to the existing NCIC phosphatic and compound fertiliser complex. It is expected to go into operation in 2022, and produce up to 440,000 tonnes of ammonia, 380,000 tonnes of urea, and 300,000 tons of calcium ammonium nitrate annually.
The new plants are part of the NCIC’s plans to expand its current product portfolio to include high-quality nitrogen fertiliser for local and export markets. Nitrogen is a key nutrient for plant growth and of critical importance to industrial agriculture.