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PAO Akron to launch nitric acid production for 270 thousand tonnes

Posted by GBC on 13-12-2018
Acron Group intends to invest more than 2 billion roubles in the launch of nitric acid production at the site in Veliky Novgorod, Rupec reports. Currently, a project for the construction of two units for the production of nitric acid is being implemented at the site of PJSC “Acron”. The total capacity will be 270 thousand tons per year.
“Given the strong growth in production at the Novgorod site in recent years, the production of nitric acid has become a bottleneck for us. Having finished it, we are opening the way to a further rapid increase in the output of the main products – ammonium nitrate, CAS, and NPK”, commented Alexander Popov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Acron.
After the launch of nitric acid aggregates, the company will be able to reach the best ammonia consumption indicators among these industries in the CIS countries. The use of the gas turbine unit GTU-8 will save more than 4.3 million cubic meters of natural gas per year. In addition, the replacement of expensive catalyst grids will be made twice as rare – once a year.
Note that also in 2019, the company planned to launch a plant for the production of granulated urea. The investment is estimated at $ 35 million. To date, Acron has signed a contract for basic design and supply of equipment (granulator) with Stamicarbon.
In the summer of 2016, “Ammonia-4” unit was put into operation at “Acron”. The daily capacity of the unit is 2.06 thousand tons, the annual exceeds 700 thousand tons, which makes it the most powerful ammonia unit in operation in Russia today. In November 2018, the launch of the sixth urea unit with a capacity of 600 tons per day or 200 thousand tons per year took place.
As a result, the total capacity of PJSC “Acron” for the production of ammonia increased to 1.9 million tons per year, for urea – to 1.3 million tons.
Acron Group includes Acron PJSC (Veliky Novgorod), Dorogobuzh PJSC (Smolensk Region), North-Western Phosphorous Company JSC (Oleniy Ruchey GOK in the Murmansk Region) and Verkhnekamsk Potash Company CJSC (implements a project to build a potash mine in the Perm Territory, from Akron – 60.1%).