During the next 2019 IFS Technical Conference on 4 & 5 June 2019 in Brussels, UreaKnowHow.com will present "The principles and applications of a directory of urea safety incidents, with case studies".
In September 2018, AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com introduced FIORDA to the fertiliser industry. FIORDA is the Fertiliser Industry Operational Risks Database (www.fiorda.eu), a cloud based set of risk registers for ammonia and urea plants. FIORDA's mission is to improve safety and reliability performance of fertiliser plants by collecting and exchanging process safety data among the participating companies and acting as focal point for coordination and management of process safety data collection within the fertiliser industry.
UreaKnowHow.com has reached a new milestone of 6.000 Members this month. Together with our Chinese sister website UreaNet.cn our network includes 12.000 Members representing All Nitrogen Fertilizer Plants in the world in operation and under construction. This makes us the largest independent network in the Nitrogen fertilizer Industry and we are still growing. Special thanks goes to ...
On March 13, 2019 Urea-Know-How.com held a dedicated Training Program Specific Process Safety Hazards in Urea Plants at OCI Nitrogen in Geleen, the Netherlands. The Training Program started with an overview of major safety hazards in urea plants concluded from more than 115 serious incidents collected by UreaKnowHow.com. The other modules did focus on safety risks related to high pressure piping, accessories and valves including risks related putting clamps to stop leakages and leakages from high pressure flange connections. More than 60 participants joined the training ranging from operators to plant management and originating from both operations and maintenance. The content was dedicated to the design of the OCI urea plant leading to lively discussions and a truly valuable event. From 19-21 June 2019 a similar open Training Program for ammonia and urea plants is scheduled: Click here for more information
On March 1st, 2019 we celebrate 10 Years UreaKnowHow.com!
Find here our story how it began and how we developed into the largest network in the Nitrogen Fertiliser Industry with 12.000 Members representing all 500 urea plants worldwide. With our more than 30 Sponsors, being experts in their field, together we will improve Safety and Performance of our industry. Further our industry will need to face environmental challenges like improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency and reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. We are positive that innovative ideas will develop by a close co-operation between experts and we feel motivated and inspired to facilitate and support you all in realising your targets,
During the next ARGUS Middle East Fertilizer 2019 from 24-27 March 2019 in Muscat, Oman, UreaKnowHow.com will present "Advances in Urea Process and Product Technology". How to Enhance Performance?, How to improve Safety Standards? and How to improve Products Margins? are the key questions which will be answered in this presentation. It includes a medium / long term perspective like the influence of the Paris Accords and the potential influence of NFuel (using ammonia as fuel). Click here for the hand out of the presentation.
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.
From 7-10 October 2018, AmmoniaKnow-How.com and UreaKnowHow.com did hold 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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®.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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