PRODUCTION PLANTS

The NEW KARVALI FERTIIZERS S.A. site at Nea Karvali, Kavala, operates the following production plants and facilities:

  • Ammonia Plant (capacity 165.000 MTPY)
  • Two (2) Sulphuric Acid Plants (total capacity 430.000 MTPY)
  • Nitric Acid Plant (capacity 230.000 MTPY)
  • AN-solution Plant (capacity 280.000 MTPY)
  • Nitrogenous Fertilizers (AN/CAN) Plant (capacity 260.000 MTPY)
  • Ammonia sphere (nominal capacity 1800 MT, usable 1.500 MT)
  • Atmospheric pressure Ammonia tank (capacity 15.000MT)
  • Various facilities for storage of raw materials and final products and bagging facilities for nitrogenous fertilizers. There is also an extensive network of belt conveyors for transportation of the raw materials and final products, interconnecting the production units and warehouses.

PRODUCTION PLANTS

AMMONIA PLANT

The Ammonia Plant was commissioned in 1986. The production is based in the so called PARC process, specifically designed to achieve very good energy efficiencies for medium size plants. The initial capacity of this plant was 400 MTPD and following various improvements in the period 1998-2005 the capacity now is 465 MTPD (450 MTPD in summer and 480 MTPD in winter period).

The raw material is natural gas and through a series of various processes hydrogen (H2) is produced which is one the two components of the ammonia (NH3). These processes are summarized as follows:

  • Natural gas desulphurisation
  • Natural gas steam reforming (in presence of nickel based catalyst). The product contains H2, CO, CO2 and residual CH4
  • High temperature shift conversion (in presence of iron/chromium based catalyst). CO is further converted to H2 by reaction with steam.
  • Process gas cooling
  • Hydrogen purification by Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) in vessels containing active carbon and molecular sieves. The by-product purge gas is used as fuel in the steam reformer.

The second ammonia component is nitrogen (N2) which is produced by air compression, drying, expansion/liquefaction and distillation at very low temperatures.

H2 and N2 are finally mixed in the required stoichiometric ratio, compressed at high pressure, and in the presence of iron based catalyst, ammonia is formed which subsequently is liquefied and sent for consumption by the downstream plants and/or to the storage.

As part of the Ammonia plant the following utilities are included:

  • Steam turbogenerator
  • Demineralised water unit for boiler feed water supply
  • Cooling water unit
  • Instrument air unit
  • Ammonia refrigeration unit

AMMONIA PLANT

NITRIC ACID PLANT

This plant, commissioned in 1982, produces Nitric Acid (HNO3) 60% w/w and it is based in the classical Dual Pressure process.

The raw material is ammonia (NH3) which is oxidized in presence of platinum catalyst, initially to NO and finally to NO2. This reaction is taking place in medium pressure. In a next step the gas is further compressed to higher pressure and finally NO2 is absorbed by water in the absorption tower where HNO3 60% w/w is formed. The compression energy for the two-stage compression is provided by an expander operating with the tail gas from the absorption tower and a steam turbine operating by steam produced from heat recovery. The two compressors and the two turbines are combined in one common shaft (called turboset). The steam production is sufficient for the plant and the surplus is exported to the sulphuric acid plants for power generation and the AN-solution plant and AN/CAN plant.

The plant is completed with the following utilities:

  • Cooling water unit
  • Instrument air unit

NITRIC ACID PLANT

AMMONIUM NITRATE SOLUTION PLANT

The plant was started up in 1982 together with the Nitric Acid Plant and the Nitrogenous Fertilizers (AN/CAN) plant. It produces ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) solution, 90% w/w.

The raw materials are evaporated ammonia (NH3) and nitric acid (HNO3) which react in a special reactor to produce ammonium nitrate solution. The biggest part of the AN-solution is used as raw material for AN/CAN production while smaller quantities are sent to the NPK plants.

NITROGENOUS FERTILIZERS PLANT (AN/CAN PLANT)

The plant is in operation since 1982 and produces various types of Ammonium Nitrate (AN) and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) fertilizers.

The main raw material is AN-solution. Ground limestone is also added as inert material according to the formula requirements. The AN-solution 90% is fed to a falling film evaporator where it is further concentrated to a melt containing 99.5% ammonium nitrate. This melt is mixed with solid AN/CAN recycle in a special high temperature pan granulator and subsequently the product is cooled and screened. The coarse granules are crushed, mixed with the fines and returned to the granulator. The commercial product is further cooled, treated with anticaking agent and sent to the storage.

NITROGENOUS FERTILIZERS PLANT (AN/CAN PLANT)

SULPHURIC ACID PLANTS

There are two operating plants using elemental Sulphur as feedstock. The old one was started in 1965 and the new one in 1986.

The solid sulphur is melted in a steam heated pit, purified in order to remove impurities and burnt with dry air to produce sulphur dioxide (SO2). SO2 is further oxidized in presence of vanadium catalyst to sulphur trioxide (SO3) in a 4-bed converter. Finally the gas mixture comes in contact with sulphuric acid and SO3 is converted to sulphuric acid (H2SO4). Both plants are using the same process for the production of sulphuric acid (single absorption process) but the new plant is more energy efficient. The flue gases exit of the absorption towers from both plants, are still containing small amounts of SO2 and for this reason are combined in one stream and directed in the SO2 removal plant. By addition of ammonia and sulphuric acid, under pH control, an enriched SO2 gas is created, containing about 80% of the fed SO2, which returns to the sulphuric acid plants. The rest SO2 is converted to ammonium sulphate solution which is consumed by the NPK plants of PFIC Ltd.

The sulphuric acid production is accompanied by big amounts of surplus thermal energy, in form of HP pressure steam, which is converted to electric energy in 2 steam turbogenerators (total capacity ~10 MW). Part of the produced steam is also exported to other plants in form of MP and LP steam for heating purposes. The let down from HP pressure steam to MP/LP steam is taking place in a back pressure turbine having a capacity of ~2 MW (co-generation of electrical and thermal energy)

The Sulphuric Acid plants include also utilities for production of demineralised water, used as boiler feed water, and an instrument air unit.

SULPHURIC ACID PLANTS