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Perdaman Chemicals to build world’s largest ammonia plant in Western Australia

Perdaman Chemicals to build world’s largest ammonia plant in Western Australia
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Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers (Perdaman) has signed a licensing and engineering contract for Haldor Topsoe’s SynCOR Ammonia™ solution for its AUD4 billion (USD2.7 billion) ammonia/urea plant in Karratha, Western Australia. Stamicarbon has been chosen as urea licensor, and gas supply has been secured.  The next milestone for the project will be financial close, which is expected by the end of March 2020.

“This is a significant step forward for the Karratha Urea Project. We are now full steam ahead on this important project that will use the latest and best technologies available. We expect Haldor Topsoe’s innovative SynCOR Ammonia™ technology to deliver significant economies of scale that will contribute to making this world-scale plant exceptionally competitive,” said Vikas Rambal, founding chairman and managing director, Perdaman Group.

SynCOR Ammonia™ is the state-of-the-art solution for large-scale ammonia production. Using industry-proven technologies and catalysts, it sets a new standard for single-train capacities that can enable double-digit reductions in production cost. Contrary to conventional two-step reforming, SynCOR™ Ammonia uses a single-step autothermal reformer and reduces steam throughput by 80%. This enables exceptional economies of scale in large-scale grassroots ammonia plants.

“We are excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Perdaman and support them in building a truly cutting-edge world-scale ammonia/urea plant. SynCOR Ammonia™ is an exciting advancement for the ammonia market and reinforces our conviction that SynCOR™ is the best choice for large-scale ammonia production,” said Amy Hebert, deputy CEO and EVP, Chemicals, Haldor Topsoe. 

SynCOR™ technology can also be applied in the production of methanol, syngas, and synthetic gasoline.

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