KBR Wins Russian Ammonia Contract
Engineering and construction group KBR has been awarded a contract by Dorogobuzh JSC, a subsidiary of Russian fertilizer producer Acron, to provide licensing and basic engineering design services for an ammonia plant revamp. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
KBR will supply its proprietary ammonia technology, which will increase capacity at the plant in Dorogobuzh in Russia’s Smolensk region to 693,000 t/y. The contractor said it will use its KBR Reforming Exchanger System (KRES) together with its True Cold Wall Add-on Converter to achieve a revamp at low cost that will enable Dorogobuzh to produce low-cost ammonia to meet increasing captive demand. A timescale for the project was not provided.
The contract follows an award in May on another Russian ammonia project. Agrochemical group JSC EuroChem Northwest has retained KBR to provide Operator Training Simulator (OTS) and Reliability Based Maintenance (RBM) services for its 1 million t/y plant at Kingisepp, Leningrad Oblast, which is currently under construction. The new facility will use KBR’s Purifier ammonia technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, KBR will deliver OTS and RBM solutions and services on a turnkey basis. These will provide a safe and efficient plant start-up as well as enabling assets to be monitored and reliability strategies to be formulated to continuously improve performance, safety and productivity, KBR said.