TOAZ Starts Manning New Urea Production Unit
Togliatti, 20 September 2021 – PJSC TOAZ (Togliattiazot), one of the leading manufacturers of ammonia and urea in Russia, has begun hiring workers for its Urea Production Unit No. 3. The construction of the production facility itself is approaching its final stage: the Unit readiness has reached 65.7 %.
Sourcing has started before the end of construction, and over 20 employees have been already hired. They are employed in specially introduced additional full-time positions. For a while, the new personnel will be undergoing training at the first and second urea production units, after which they will be transferred to the new facility. The new facility launch will create 58 highly paid jobs in Togliatti.
In early September, the third urea production unit was connected to the plant's heating network. Now, steel structures and pipelines on racks are being installed at the construction site. Besides, a boiler house will be launched at the unit in the near future, so the current efforts of the builders are focused on this area. In particular, equipment is being installed and connected to pipelines in the boiler house. At the substation, pipelines and cables are also being laid, while fans are being installed at the water circulation system of the cooling tower’s water recycling area.
An important feature of the new unit construction is that it is being erected at the existing production site, and the project implementation requires reconfiguring all the plant systems. In particular, taking into account the needs of future production capacities, the urea warehouse has been modernized, and a new conveyor line is being built – it will stretch from the prilling tower of the new unit to the urea warehouse, and then from the warehouse to the railway product loading yard. At the moment, foundations for the new transport system are ready, and builders are erecting steel structures and conducting intermediate assembly of conveyor lines. Besides, the new Unit project provides for urea shipping bypassing the warehouse – directly to mineral hoppers. Earlier, Togliattiazot has increased its rolling stock up to more than 1.8 thousand units by purchasing modern hoppers with increased payload capacity from the United Railcar Company.
About Togliattiazot’s Urea Production Unit No. 3
In October 2018, Togliattiazot started the construction of Urea Production Unit No. 3 at the production site in Togliatti. The design capacity of the Unit will be 2.2 thousand tonnes of urea per day, which will allow to increase the plant’s existing urea production capacity by over 70 per cent.
The project budget is over 25 billion roubles. PJSC TOAZ is funding the project using its own resources and borrowed funds. In March 2018, Togliattiazot signed a loan contract worth EUR 180 million with a syndicate of Commerzbank AG (Zurich, Switzerland) and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart, Germany) for a term of 9 years. Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV) acted as a guarantor.
The design was developed in partnership with Casale S.A. (Lugano, Switzerland) using the best available industrial safety and environmental technologies. This has been confirmed with positive opinions of the state environmental and main state expert reviews, issued in 2018 and 2020. The purification ratio of the Unit’s emissions will reach 93 %. The process line is designed in such a way that the volume of carbon dioxide emissions from TOAZ (which are the production waste of several ammonia units) into the atmosphere will be significantly reduced after the new Unit commissioning. Effluents generated by the Unit will undergo eight stages of treatment, while certain waste types will be handed over to specialized organizations for disposal, neutralization, or burial.
Urea Production Unit No. 3 will become a socially significant facility that will contribute to the growth of the province's economy and welfare of the region's residents. The construction site employs almost 700 people, 90 % of whom are residents of Togliatti and the Samara Region. After the new facility commissioning, about 60 more people will get highly paid jobs. It is expected that the Unit will be maintained by local contractors among others. The additional output of the new Unit will lead to an increase in contributions to the budgets of all levels, including city and regional ones.
The Unit commissioning is scheduled for early 2022.
Public Joint-Stock Company Togliattiazot (PJSC TOAZ) is one of the Russia’s leading ammonia producers. With a capacity of over 3.5 million tonnes of ammonia per year, Togliattiazot ranks among the world’s top producers.
TOAZ is also one of the largest urea producers in the country, which manufactures urea-formaldehyde concentrate and other chemicals sought after by consumers on five continents.
The Togliattiazot mission is: “We care about land fertility and crop yield for the benefit of the whole world.”
One of Samara Region’s largest taxpayers and employers, Togliattiazot ranks among Russia’s major companies according to RBC, Forbes, and Expert magazines.
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