Doha, October 03 (QNA) – HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, will inaugurate the QAFCO-6 plant in December 11, 2012, a release by QAFCO Chairman Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al-Malki said here on Wednesday.
The $610-million plant, which is the sixth in the series of Qatar Fertilizer Company’s trains for the production of ammonia and urea, will be launched on Tuesday December 11, 2012.
“The project has been implemented to culminate QAFCO’s ambitious plans for development and modernization. Through an efficient strategy, well-studied utilization of latest technologies applied in fertilizer production, QAFCO has expanded its production base through time and developed its facilities.
QAFCO inaugurated its first plant in 1973 and since then it has been cruising its way ahead, responding adequately to the demand of the global fertilizer market. Today, QAFCO has 5 integrated plants. QAFCO-6, the new plant, which will be inaugurated by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, will occupy a pride of place among them,” Al-Malki said.
He noted that QAFCO-6’s EPC contract was signed on November 5, 2009 between Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO) and a consortium from the Italian company Saipem and the Korean Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company to build the plant.
The project facilities include a complete urea plant, with a design capacity of 3800 mtpd of urea, including a granulator unit with a design capacity of 3850 mtpd, a complete urea granules storage, with a capacity of 175,000 MT, a complete material handling system with a capacity of 1000 mtph of urea granules, and additional seawater cooling cells, steam and power generation facilities in addition to the ones already in the Qafco-5 Plant.
“QAFCO-6 represents an important quantitative stride on QAFCO s scale of progress; it will play a pivotal role in economic development in Qatar and will mark yet another step in the program of industrial diversification for utilizing the country’s abundant resource of natural gas,” said Al-Malki.
With the development of QAFCO’s production facilities, the company’s production has doubled, enabling it to grow to a leading position among global fertilizer producer and exporter giants. After the completion of QAFCO-6, the production capacity of the company will be 5.6 million tons of Urea per annum, thus placing QAFCO as the world’s 4th largest producer and the largest exporter of Urea.
Founded in 1969, Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO) is now owned by Industries Qatar (IQ) as 75% shareholder and Yara Nederland as 25% shareholder. QAFCO complex currently houses five completely integrated trains: QAFCO-1 (1973), QAFCO-2 (1979), QAFCO-3 (1997), QAFCO-4 (2004) and QAFCO-5 (2011). Each of them consists of an ammonia plant and a urea plant. The overall annual production capacity of the five plants is 3.8 million MT of ammonia and 4.3 million MT of Urea, making QAFCO the world’s largest single-site producer of both Ammonia and Urea.
The introduction of QAFCO-6 will take the company’s annual production capacity of urea to 5.6 million MT, strengthening the company’s profile as a key player in the global fertilizer market. (QNA)