KBR said Tuesday that it was awarded a contract by
Egypt-based Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) to
provide licensing, engineering services and proprietary
equipment for its grassroots fertilizer plant in southeastern
The plant will be the first world-scale ammonia plant built in
the US in nearly 25 years, the companies said.
The plant will be designed using KBRs
Purifier technology, which has demonstrated higher reliability than conventional
designs and offers the lowest proven energy consumption in the
industry, according to project officials.
The 2,200 tpd ammonia plant is part of the fertilizer
complex and is based upon an existing design operating in
Burrup, Australia, since 2006.
This award represents a milestone in the North
American fertilizer business and illustrates the opportunity
for low natural
gas prices to have a significant impact in this industry
over the next five to 10 years, said John Derbyshire,
president of KBR Technology.
Our low energy, low capital cost, and high reliability ammonia processes
provide our clients with the flexibility and workhorse
performance they will need in order to operate in North America
and at the same time achieve and maintain a globally
competitive advantage, Mr. Derbyshire added.
KBRs Purifier technology has a documented track
record of safe and reliable operations while producing ammonia
with the lowest energy consumption of any technology provider in the industry,
making our world-scale plant the most competitive producer of
fertilizer in the United States, said Nasser Sawiris, CEO
of Osasco Construction Industries.