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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.

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FERTILIZER INDUSTRIAL SERVICES Owner's Engineer

FERTILIZER INDUSTRIAL SERVICES Owner's Engineer

As experienced professionals in fertilizer industry, we discovered a necessity to fill the gaps in technology knowhow required in various fertilizer industry projects. This is Fertilizer Industrial Services' foundational business strategy.
We are specialized in fertilizer production technologies covering process, mechanical, instrumentation, process safety and project management disciplines. Our services include design review, plant commissioning and startup, operation support, ammonia tank de-commissioning for inspection, plant revamp support and project management consultancy.
We have the unique ability to seamlessly link design, completions, commissioning and operations. That seamless link is provided by our people, an unrivalled group of independent experts. This team supported customers in the industry for new and existing fertilizer plants for more than 15 years.
We work with fertilizer manufacturers, operators, technology licensors, EPC companies and PMC consultants covering short term or long-term projects.
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When does one need a proper Leak Detection System ?

When does one need a proper Leak Detection System ?

AMMO LASER Leak Detection System -
The #1 Safety Measure with a Guaranteed Pay Back
We are pleased to inform you about all the details via our Frequently Asked Questions
Question #2: When does one need a proper Leak Detection System ?
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The State-of-the-Art Urea Reactor

The State-of-the-Art Urea Reactor

“Highest Safety and Reliability Standards ; Minimum Maintenance and Repair Efforts”

The heart of every urea plant is the urea reactor. The high pressures, high temperatures and the presence of very corrosive ammonium carbamate puts high demands on its reliability and safety during its typical lifetime of 40-50 years. UreaKnowHow.com has established a Urea Incident Database containing numerous serious incidents with urea reactors and a Urea Reactor Risk Register containing fifty risks and failure modes of a traditional design urea reactor.

Based on the above information plus by applying our extensive experience and knowledge, we can offer you the complete detailed design specification of a State-of-The-Art Urea Reactor with optimum design details of the carbon steel pressure bearing wall, the protective layers and all the internals. This will realise the highest reliability and safety standards and minimize maintenance and repair efforts.

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UreaKnowHow.com welcomes GRANDPERSPECTIVE as our new Sponsor

UreaKnowHow.com welcomes GRANDPERSPECTIVE as our new Sponsor

 

 

We make visible the invisible hazard. Stepping back is essential to overview.

Remote monitoring provides maximum coverage day and night.

Broaden your view. Get the Grandperspective.

Grandperspective is a solution provider for industrial monitoring of gas leaks and gas detection, based in Berlin, Germany. We provide Early Warning Monitoring Solutions for the fertilizer, ammonia urea, and petrochemical industry.

Our team of experts designs innovative Remote Monitoring solutions, that combine of high-tech hardware and intelligent software. Our spectroscopic monitoring technology identifies, locates, and tracks moving gas clouds at up to 4 km distance to cover large terrains, on the ground and for the airspace above. We identify and quantify from large distances hundreds of hazardous gases, including: Ammonia, Natural Gas, Methanol, CO and N2O.

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UreaKnowHow.com welcomes SDS SEPARATIONS as our Sponsor

UreaKnowHow.com welcomes SDS SEPARATIONS as our Sponsor

Revolutionizing Separation & Scrubbing Solutions

“SDSμ Separators and SDSμ Scrubbers revolutionize industrial filtration … replacing bulky, inefficient scrubbers, cyclones and separation vessels.”

“SDSμ Separators and SDSμ Scrubbers reduce Total Cost of Ownership (CAPEX and OPEX, no consumables & negligible maintenance).”

SDS Separation BV, a Dutch Process Technology Company focuses on the design, engineering and manufacturing of Dutch innovative separation and scrubbing solutions for the energy and process industries worldwide.

Our team is currently based in Europe and North-East Asia. Our expertise, know-how and IP-protected solutions deliver customers: Increased Production Rate, Higher Efficiencies, Less Fouling, Lower Emissions, Lean Designs and Short Pay Back Times.

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Why does one need a proper Leak Detection System ?

Why does one need a proper Leak Detection System ?

AMMO LASER Leak Detection System - 
The #1 Safety Measure with a Guaranteed Pay Back
We are pleased to inform you about all the details via our Frequently Asked Questions
Question #1: Why does one need a proper Leak Detection System ?
Click here for the answer

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UreaKnowHow.com prepares a Risk Register Leak Detection System for Loose Liners of High Pressure Equipment

UreaKnowHow.com prepares a Risk Register Leak Detection System for Loose Liners of High Pressure Equipment

Clogging in the leak detection system is by far the most serious risk to cause high corrosion rates of the carbon steel pressure bearing wall of high pressure urea equipment. A state of the art leak detection system should safeguard first and for all warn before clogging occurs. Key words to avoid the aforementioned situations are early detection and high reliability.
This is the reason that passive leak detection systems, where one waits for the leak to show up at the analyzer are unsafe and not acceptable anymore today. This has been proven through trial and error in numerous incidents, for example Urea Incident 18-005 (FIORDA Urea Case #5).
The next question is: What are the requirements for a state of the art active and reliable leak detection system?
Find the Risk Register of a Leak Detection System including the lessons learned from related incidents via the following link: Risk Register Leak Detection System.pdf

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UreaKnowHow.com welcomes FLUITEC as our Sponsor

UreaKnowHow.com welcomes FLUITEC as our Sponsor

Fluitec, a world leader in intelligent maintenance and lubrication

ABOUT FLUITEC
Industry Leader in Fluid Life Extension Technologies
Transform your fluids into assets: Fluitec is the innovator to Measure, Consult, and Treat industrial fluids to maximize their life.

Fertilizer industry solutions for reducing downtime, extending equipment life and maintenance intervals for large rotating equipment. Read the whitepaper.

MEASURE
Condition monitoring the health of industrial fluids to protect asset-functionality.

CONSULT
Expanding knowledge with Consultative Services, Support & Training, and leadership in the implementation of industry-wide standards & uniform protocols.

TREAT
Enhancement technologies to improve product reliability, productivity and sustainability

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UreaKnowHow.com starts up UAN Incident Database

UreaKnowHow.com starts up UAN Incident Database

After establishing the largest Urea Incident Database with 130+ incidents, now UreaKnowHow.com starts up a UAN Incident Database. UAN seems a safe, non hazardous, colourless liquid but several serious hazards and risks are to considered when designing, operating and maintaining UAN plants. Experience has proven that HAZOPs only do not provide sufficient assurance that all risks are properly take care (background reference).  Learning lessons from earlier incidents is in our opinion a very effective way to increase safety and reliability of your plant. Click here to go to our UAN Incident Database

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UreaKnowHow.com welcomes GEXCON as our Sponsor

UreaKnowHow.com welcomes GEXCON as our Sponsor

Gexcon is a world-leading company in the field of safety and risk management and advanced dispersion, explosion and fire modelling.

Our experience arises from detailed knowledge of explosion phenomena built up through years of extensive research projects, carrying out safety assessments, performing accident investigations and conducting physical testing at the company’s facilities. Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, Gexcon has offices in Australia (Perth), China (Shanghai), France (Paris), India (Pune and Mumbai), Indonesia (Jakarta), the Netherlands (Utrecht), Sweden (Borås), the UAE (Dubai), the UK (Manchester) and USA (Houston, Bethesda, and Boston). Our team of experienced engineers and specialists can assist in identifying hazards, understanding risks and contribute to improving your company’s overall safety performance. We believe in a tailor-made and individual approach for each client, and by working together, we will find the most optimal process to identify the company’s needs to manage your most critical risks. Due to our commitment and passion within process safety and risk management,... Click here to read more

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SAIPEM approves AMMO LASER Leak Detection System

SAIPEM approves AMMO LASER Leak Detection System

Urea incident databases and risk registers clearly prove the need for a proper leak detection system for loose liners of high-pressure urea equipment as the #1 Safeguard for Any Urea Plant. UreaKnowHow.com and KeyTech Engineering Company have developed an active vacuum-based leak detection system with the most accurate and reliable ammonia analyzer: The AMMO LASER Leak Detection System. This leak detection system is the most reliable leak detection system over all existing leak detection systems in operation so far.

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UreaKnowHow.com starts up an E-MarketPlace

UreaKnowHow.com starts up an E-MarketPlace

UreaKnowHow.com introduces a new initiative for the nitrogen fertilizer industry: An E-MarketPlace for revamps, upgrades, equipment supply, diagnostics, audits, repairs, etcetera. Post your equipment / project and/or services requests or offers (excluding confidential information) in our E-MarketPlace. Click here for posting your inquiries and click here for posting your offers.

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High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) in Ammonia Plants

High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) in Ammonia Plants

High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) is a problem which concerns steels operating at elevated temperatures in hydrogen environments. It is not to be confused with hydrogen embrittlement or other forms of low temperature hydrogen damage. HTHA is a time-temperature-pressure function. These, basically means the longer that a piece of equipment is exposed to temperatures above its resistance limit in certain hydro-process environment (see API941-NELSON Curve), the more damage to the steel will accumulate; and the higher the temperature rises above the limit of the steel, the more rapidly the damage will occur. Monitoring the integrity of equipment in HTHA-Service is necessary to avoid accidents, especially if one of the following reasons are true: - HTHA in many old plants -is true for many ammonia plants- can occur especially after a long onstream-time, if the incubation time ended. - However, there have been several cases where HTHA was found, even though operating conditions were below the Nelson Curve. - There are new findings since 2016: After explosion in the TESORO refinery with 7 dead, it must be assumed that HTHA in C steel can already be expected at > 204 °C and a hydrogen partial pressure of pH2 > 3.45 bar. It is strongly recommended to monitor the integrity of HTHA vulnerable equipment! Due to the age of many ammonia plants, a lot of equipment may need to be replaced. For avoiding HTHA of new equipment, use the recommendations for fabrication of new equipment in the hydrogen service according API 941 and API 934A! Click here for more information

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New Record on March 12, 2020: 150 users active in our Round Tables

New Record on March 12, 2020: 150 users active in our Round Tables

We did set a new record on March 12, 2020. 150 users were active in our Round Tables. Our Round Tables discuss all kind of issues in nitrogen fertilizer plants among our 6500+ Members of all nitrogen fertilizer plants worldwide. More than 1800 topics are under discussion with more than 9200 posts, so on average each topic has five replies. Truly an active forum improving the safety and performance of all plants in our industry. Join also our Round Tables

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CORONA VIRUS: How to manage these difficult times?

CORONA VIRUS: How to manage these difficult times?

More and more measures are taken in order to control the spread of the Corona virus. More and more regions are affected and stricter travel policies apply.
Luckily via UreaKnowHow.com all of us can easily stay in contact with each other!
Nearly 6500 managers, engineers and specialists working in all nitrogen fertilizer plants worldwide can be safely contacted without any restrictions.
Have a look in our Round Tables with nearly 1800 topics under discussion and more than 9000 posts and contact the participants.
Have a look at our Library with 1000+ Technical Papers, our Photo and Video Galleries and contact one of our Experts.
And contact our Sponsors via their dedicated Sponsor pages and have a look how they can support you with dedicated solutions.
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UreaKnowHow.com welcomes VECOM as our Sponsor

UreaKnowHow.com welcomes VECOM as our Sponsor

VECOM are Global Expert in Chemical Cleaning.

In urea plants for example VECOM are the experts in cleaning of the Urea Stripper and Recirculation Heater.

The Vecom way - in practice: Our core value is: safe for people, the environment and metal. Our industrial customers benefit from more than 65 years of leading experience in metal surface treatment and can feel 100% assured of the correct treatment of their process installations. Clients of our customers often indicate that they would like to have their products and installations treated "The Vecom way". The highest quality guaranteed for surface treatment The Vecom way also means that procedures have been laid down for our customers. This guarantees equal results with the same metal contamination. When a new procedure is required, it is tailor-made. Research into the metal alloy is done through a Metal Analyzer and into the contamination is done in the in-house laboratory of Vecom. If there is no suitable cleaning product on the market, we have it made on our own recipe, also in-house. This allows us to deliver the highest quality time and again without exception.

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10 Good Reasons to Join our June 2021 Urea Training Program

10 Good Reasons to Join our June 2021 Urea Training Program

Let us give you 10 Good Reasons to Join our 7-11, June 2021 5-Day Urea Training Program
1. These are Unique and Most Advanced Urea Training Programs
2. Presenters have together 175+ Years Urea Experience
3. Presenters are still Young and Full of Energy but are also getting grey hairs
4. More than 1000 Participants have attended and gave Excellent as feedback
5. Group Discounts are offered (5th joins for free)
6. Meet you Colleagues from Other Plants and Meet Sponsors which provide Solutions to your problems
7. Register Now to Assure a Seat and Assure Sufficient Time for Visa, Hotels etc
8. Enjoy the Fun city in Good Climatic Conditions
9. Meet each other again face to face after these barish times
10. Full reimbursement of training fee in case of renewed Corona issues.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEET YOU FROM 7-11 JUNE 2021 IN AMSTERDAM !

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100% Excellent Score from CF Industries

100% Excellent Score from CF Industries

From 13-17 January 2020, UreaKnow How.com did held a customised 5-Day Training Program for Urea Engineers, Managers and Shift Supervisors at CF Industries in Donaldsonville, the United States. CF Industries is one of the largest urea producers in the world. Some 45 engineers participated from Donaldsonville, Port Neal, Verdigris, Medicine Hat in Canada.
CF’s feedback on the training program was very positive: A 100% Excellent Score!
We thank CF Industries for their perfect organisation and great hospitality!
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UreaKnowHow.com presents new 3-Barrier Ammonia Storage Technology

UreaKnowHow.com presents new 3-Barrier Ammonia Storage Technology

Safety Risks exist when storing and bunkering Ammonia when using the existing standards. Professionals in the ammonia industry know how to manage these risks and are able to assure a safe environment.
More and more discussions and initiatives for Green Ammonia as fuel and energy storage pop up. But how to gain the acceptance of the general public and authorities ?
Our 3-Barrier Ammonia Storage Technology helps to convince these stakeholders.
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We have a Leak... Do we need to stop the plant ?

We have a Leak... Do we need to stop the plant ?

During the AICHE Ammonia Safety 2019 Conference in San Francisco, UreaKnowHow.com moderated the Round Table discussion "We have a leak... Do we need to stop the plant ? Several cases were presented of leaks in High Pressure synthesis and ammonia pipelines and accessories. Step by step more information was provided by means of a risk assessment. After each step each of the some 200 participants had to decide: shall I stop the plant yes or no ?
The lively discussions did lead to valuable conclusions which kind of leaks introduce critical safety risks. And which actions to stop the leak are very dangerous. You can download the hand out of this Round Table discussion via the link below.
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