A foundation stone laying ceremony was held at the construction
site of a new methanol
plant for the petrochemical
Shchekinoazot, one of the largest producers of chemicals in
The new plant, which is located in the Tula region of Russia,
will be the first ever in the world using Haldor
Topsoes IMAP (integrated methanol
and ammonia production) technology
IMAP is a technology
that takes cost
advantage from large production facilities
and provides the option
of making multiple products at a relatively smaller scale to
meet market demands.
The capacity of the plant will be 1,350 tpd of methanol and
415 tpd of ammonia. Basic design is scheduled to be finished
in the summer of 2014, and start up is planned for 2017.
Topsoes late founder, Dr. Haldor Topsoe, began
cooperation with Shchekinoazot in 2007, and since then the
company has successfully been operating methanol
and hydrogen plants
designed and built using Topsoes technology
, equipment, and
Design and construction
of the new unit is
the next step in the cooperation between our companies,
said Boris Sokol, president of Shchekinoazot, in a speech
delivered at the ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry
of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation as well as
members of the Tula Region Government, owners and CEOs of
Russian and international partner companies, executives of
major Russian banks, insurance companies, and top managers of
the Shchekinoazot company group.
The participants paid tribute to Dr. Haldor Topsoe, who
passed away on May 20 previous year, and Mr. Sokol emphasized
that the day was indeed special and symbolic.