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Recently the China Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry Association (CNFIA) organized the “2016 Nitric Acid and Ammonium Nitrate Industry Conference” in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province in the People’s Republic of China during Aug 31 ~ Sep 1, 2016. After several years with healthy growth figures in both the nitric acid as well as the ammonium nitrate industry, the recent years show overproduction and plant closures...

 The main demands for ammonium nitrate are the commercial explosive industry and the agricultural industry. The development of integration of water and fertilizer will promote the demand for the nitrate nitrogen, which will lead to new development opportunity of the ammonium nitrate and its down-stream products. The Chinese producers should treat the situation actively and speed up the transformation development, including 1) re-adjusting the product structure, 2) innovative the marketing model, 3) strengthening industry self-discipline and avoiding cut-throat competition in price, and 4) strengthening the international trade and international market development.

This report is prepared together with HOFUNG Technology (www.hofung-technology.com): UreaKnowHow.com’s business partner in China. Contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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UreaKnowHow.com presents Major Safety Hazards in Urea Plants at FAI 2018 in New Delhi

UreaKnowHow.com presents Major Safety Hazards in Urea Plants at FAI 2018 in New Delhi

From 5-7 December 2018, FAI (Fertilizer Association of India) organised its yearly FAI Annual Seminar 2018 in New Delhi. More than 1400 participants attended this important event. UreaKnowHow.com presented “The Major Safety Hazards In Urea Plants”, which was very well received. Click here for the complete report.

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Plant Manager+ Series 1-50 Now Available as a Bundle

Plant Manager+ Series 1-50 Now Available as a Bundle

Since 2010 Urea-KnowHow.com and BCInsight closely co-ope-rate together. In every Nitrogen & Syngas magazine a technical discussion is published under the title Plant Manager+. And these are now available as a bundle. 50 technical discussions on urea plant issues and operating problems, sharing experiences, providing advice and solutions. Order your digital copy for just £200 today! Credit card hotline: +44 (0)20 7793 2569 or contact Marlene Vaz: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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4-Day Training Program Specific HSE Risks in Ammonia and Urea Plants: Very Much Appreciated with Many Valuable Learning Points

4-Day Training Program Specific HSE Risks in Ammonia and Urea Plants: Very Much Appreciated with Many Valuable Learning Points

From 7-10 October 2018, AmmoniaKnow-How.com and UreaKnowHow.com did held a 4-Day Training Program Specific HSE Risks in Ammonia and Urea Plants at OMIFCO plant site in Sur, Oman. The Training Program started with a 2-day detailed course for the OMIFCO HSE employees. The second two days did consists of four half-day sessions, where all OMIFCO employees were invited. The content of each session were the summary and highlights of the Specific HSE Risks in Ammonia and Urea Plants. The evaluation showed that these four days were very much appreciated and many valuable and practical learning points were discussed how to reduce safety hazards in ammonia and urea plants.

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AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com did contribute again to the AICHE Ammonia Safety Conference 2018 in Toronto

AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com did contribute again to the AICHE Ammonia Safety Conference 2018 in Toronto

From 16-20 September 2018, AICHE organised its yearly Ammonia Safety Conference, this year in Toronto. AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com did contribute again to the conference with two presentations. The conference was well attended by some 325 participants from all over the world. On the first day just after the first break “The Lessons Learned from the First 100 Safety Hazards In Urea Plants” was presented based on a paper prepared by Prem Baboo of National Fertilizers Limited, Mark Brouwer and Jo Eijkenboom of UreaKnowHow.com B.V. and Majid Mohammadian of OCI N.V. During the Round Tables on Thursday Dan Cojocaru of AmmoniaKnowHow.com presented to the audience FIORDA: The Fertilizer Industry Operational Risk Database. Click here for the complete report

 

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Join our next 3-Day Training Program: Specific Process Safety Risks in Ammonia and Urea plants from 19-21 June 2019, Amsterdam

Join our next 3-Day Training Program: Specific Process Safety Risks in Ammonia and Urea plants from 19-21 June 2019, Amsterdam

This training program examines the causes and prevention of ammonia and urea incidents. It categorises the key hazards which must be controlled and reviews in detail the most common hazards associated with ammonia and urea plants. The course draws upon the past industry accidents and incidents, as well as errors in design, sometimes only revealed in operation. You will gain an understanding of the key operation, maintenance and plant modification aspects which must be controlled to ensure safe operation of ammonia and urea plants. You will better understand the principles of inherent safety and their application to existing facilities. This practical course discusses numerous real-life examples that can help establish a safer, more efficient and more profitable plant. A Certificate of Completion will be part of this Training Program.

For the first 10 participants for each Training Program we offer 20% Discount
Join both and receive an additional 10% discount!

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UreaKnowHow.com Urea Training  25-29 June 2018 in Amsterdam: Again a Very Valuable and Pleasant Event

UreaKnowHow.com Urea Training 25-29 June 2018 in Amsterdam: Again a Very Valuable and Pleasant Event

From 25-29 June 2018, UreaKnowHow.com did held again its 5-Day Training Program for Urea Engineers, Managers and Shift Supervisors in Amsterdam. Some 30 engineers participated from all around the world: Austria, China, England, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lybia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Vietnam and the USA... Click here to read more

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UreaKnowHow.com introduces Revamp Guides to support urea plant operators

UreaKnowHow.com introduces Revamp Guides to support urea plant operators

UreaKnowHow.com now introduces the UreaKnowHow Revamp Guide with the target to guide your through the forest of possible revamp options promoted by the different licensors.

Which revamp option makes sense in my urea plant, what are the references and what are the pay back times?
The Revamp Guide distinguishes the various revamp targets such as Capacity Increase, Energy Reduction, Emission Reduction, On-stream Time Improvement, Product Quality Improvement and Safety Improvement. And also distinguishes between the various plant sections and equipment.
It explains the basic principles of a certain revamp tool and its typical realisation in realising the targets plus defines its major references.

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FIORDA is launched!

FIORDA is launched!

FIORDA – the Fertilizer Industry Operational Risks Database,  is created for collecting and sharing process safety and reliability information among participating companies in the fertilizer industry.

How you can benefit from FIORDA?

FIORDA can identify patterns and trends of similar safety and reliability issues based on repetitive problems occurring in the same plant units or equipment and alert operators to the occurrence of these events,

Through FIORDA database, operators can compare the experiences from different plants such as frequency of an event, severity of the outcome and applied corrective actions,

Corrective actions developed by other operators may be less costly than those tried in the absence of this information,

FIORDA members can develop their own internal incidents database using FIORDA free provided software HAZARDO®.

 
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UreaKnowHow.com attended the 2nd European Power to Ammonia® Conference

UreaKnowHow.com attended the 2nd European Power to Ammonia® Conference

On May 17 & 18 the 2nd European Conference on Sustainable Ammonia Solutions was organised again by Proton Ventures in Rotterdam. Using ammonia for storing and transporting efficiently green energy from solar and wind is one side of the coin. The other side is that ammonia can also be used as a CO2 free fuel in several fairly simple manners. Currently costs may be high but several niche applications become economically viable and are under implementation. 
Considering the giant size of the energy market it is just a matter of time that the fertilizer industry will start to notice the effects of these developments towards a carbon free energy carrier.    Click here for more information

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UreaKnowHow.com welcomes AXO WELDING as our new Sponsor

UreaKnowHow.com welcomes AXO WELDING as our new Sponsor

Our core business is the repair, modification and maintenance of Urea High Pressure equipment and piping. Special Welding is at the center of our competence and professional experience.

AXO WELDING SRL, established in 2004 and located in Alfonsine, Italy is specialized in executing a range of critical on-site activities on static equipment in oil-and-gas and petrochemical plants, with a special dedication to urea plants. Our services include repairs, modifications, construction on site, installation, erection, replacement and assembling of high pressure and critical equipment.

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Safety First! But what are the Safety Risks in a Urea Plant?

Safety First! But what are the Safety Risks in a Urea Plant?

On February 26, 2018, UreaKnowHow.com did moderate for the 9th time the Urea Clinic during the Nitrogen & Syngas Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Urea Clinic was well attended by more than 30 participants, who actively participated by sharing their experiences. The topic of the presentation was: "SAFETY FIRST! … BUT WHAT ARE THE SAFETY RISKS IN UREA PLANTS?". Working on Safety does not only mean a Safer Workplace for all of us but also means a Higher Reliability of your plant. Safety pays back! Click here to download the hand out.

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Assuring Safe and Reliable High Pressure Urea Equipment

Assuring Safe and Reliable High Pressure Urea Equipment

On February 22, 2018, UreaKnowHow.com and KEY-TECH Engineering did present at the FAI Training Programme for Senior Maintenance Engineers in Fertilizer Industry organised from 18-23 February 2018 in Surat, Gujarat, India.  The Training Program was well attended by more than 35 participants from most ammonia/urea complexes in India. The topic of the presentation was “Assuring Safe and Reliable High Pressure Urea Equipment”. For an existing urea reactor this can be achieved by:...click here for more information.

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Going to the Next Level Together

Going to the Next Level Together

AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com (AKH & UKH) are an independent group of nitrogen fertilizer specialists with an impressive number of years experience in designing, maintaining and operating nitrogen fertilizer plants. Our mission is to improve the safety and performance of all nitrogen fertilizer plants worldwide.

We are specialized in ammonia, urea, methanol, nitric acid, UAN and NPK technologies covering process, mechanical, instrumentation and process safety disciplines. Our services include plant commissioning and start-up, operation and maintenance support, process safety optimisation, ammonia tank de-commissioning and inspection, plant revamp and turnaround support, project management consultancy and training services.

Click here for more information.  Lets go the Next Level Together!

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We are at 1500 Round Table discussions!

We are at 1500 Round Table discussions!

UreaKnowHow.com has reached the impressive milestone of 1500 Round Table discussions. 1500 active Round Table discussion with totally more than 7700 posts or an average of 5 posts per discussion and 2-3 new posts per day. This means everybody who poses a question, for sure will get a reply making the UreaKnowHow.com Round Tables a very valuable information source and place to share experiences. Click here for more information

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Become a Real Urea Master!

Become a Real Urea Master!

UreaKnowHow.com now introduces a 3-Day UreaKnowHow Master Class. This 3-Day UreaKnowHow Master Class is a follow-up training of the UreaKnowHow.com 5-Day Urea Training for Managers, Engineers and Supervisors. With more than 800 participants in more than 20 sessions, the 5-Day Urea Training Program has been a big success, showing the industry's wish to continuously improve itself. The 3-Day UreaKnowHow Master Class composes of a set of Workshops of real-life critical topics, valid in any urea plant. Active participation and applying the know-how gained earlier are assuring you to Become a Real Urea Master!

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We are at 100 Urea Incidents!

We are at 100 Urea Incidents!

Not a milestone to be proud of !?

On the other side a milestone showing that our industry wants to improve its safety standards by sharing safety incidents. AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com missions are to support you in building a safety work place for our industry. We will include all incidents in our Risk Registers enabling you to assess in a better way all risks associated with your plant. We thank all who support this initiative and contribute to our mission. Join us now in establishing the largest database of safety risks in ammonia and urea plants.

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Receive also the AmmoniaKnowHow.com Newsletter

Receive also the AmmoniaKnowHow.com Newsletter

Become Member of AmmoniaKnowHow.com and receive the 2-weekly AmmoniaKnowHow.com Newsletter with many interesting topics. 
This week amongst others: Early design challenges of revamp projects and AmmoniaKnowHow welcomes SBN as our Sponsor.
Further the latest Industry Topics, AmmoniaKnowHow.com Project: Maintenance Capabilities for Fertilizer Industry, AmmoniaKnowHow.com Forum Hot Topics and the latest white papers.

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Raising the bar for the Fertilizer Industry - Operational Excellence

Raising the bar for the Fertilizer Industry - Operational Excellence

AmmoniaKnowHow.com’s partner Fertilizer Industrial Services has recently been appointed by a European fertilizer company to implement the Operational Excellence (OE) within their Operational, Engineering and Maintenance departments. The project has started in June 2017 and for the first 12 months the focus is on designing the OE system including company standards, best industry practices and engineering guidelines.

What is Operational Excellence? Click here for more information

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Nitrogen & Syngas UreaKnowHow.com Urea Clinic – Monday February, 26 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Nitrogen & Syngas UreaKnowHow.com Urea Clinic – Monday February, 26 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden

SAFETY FIRST! … BUT WHAT ARE THE SAFETY RISKS IN UREA PLANTS?
Safety is #1 Priority in Any Urea Plant. But what are the Safety Risks in Urea Plants? And how to manage and mitigate these risks within your organization? Working on Safety does not mean a Safer Workplace for all of us but also means a Higher Reliability of your plant. Safety pays back!
The UreaKnowHow.com pre-Conference Urea Clinic on February 26, 2018 in Gothenburg focuses on exactly these vital topics.
All urea melt and granulation licensors CASALE, GGT, NIIK, SAIPEM, STAMICARBON, TEC and tkFT will be invited to present their latest insights related to safety and reliability...

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4th BHDT Conference in Salzburg: Again a Big Success

4th BHDT Conference in Salzburg: Again a Big Success

BHDT organised its 4th BHDT Urea Conference from October 4-6, 2017 in Salzburg. This professionally organised and very pleasant conference was well attended by more than 70 participants from all over the world. The latest developments and innovations and a lot of useful background and practical information was exchanged. UreaKnowHow.com presented “The Dos and Don'ts of High Pressure Valves Maintenance and Operation”. High Pressure Valves in urea plant face several challenges and applying high quality valves are critical to assure a safe and reliable urea plant. The presentation contains lessons learned from several incidents and troubleshooting exercises of various kind of High Pressure Valves. Knowing the details is important and can hopefully help you to improve safety and reliability of your plant. Click here to download the hand out.

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