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Overpressure protection in urea plants: This was the topic of LESER at the annually meeting of the nitrogen industry from the 24 – 28 February 2014 in Paris.

The safety valve manufacturer presented oneself on its booth as well as in a workshop. The focus was the urea synthesis safety valve. Just under 700 experts and decision-makers from the uppermost echelons of management of plant operators, licensors, manufacturers and suppliers met to actively exchange opinions and knowledge at the "Nitrogen & Syngas" event. Economic and technological developments were introduced and discussed. LESER was the only safety valve manufacturer represented at the trade fair. In a workshop entitled "Safety Valve Solutions for Urea Plants and Maintenance Guidelines" with around 50 specialists the advantages of the LESER urea synthesis safety valve were intensively discussed. Also the topic of overpressure protection was explained to the participants in an understandable fashion, and important information was provided on how to improve plant safety and extend maintenance cycles using the latest overpressure protection technology. The LESER urea synthesis block safety valve with the LESER Flushing System ensures optimum temperature control in the sensitive carbamate gas overpressure protection system. The LESER product solution offers a direct and continuous all-round steam flushing of the nozzle. This construction ensures that the carbamate always remains gaseous, thus preventing corrosion, because only liquid carbamate solution can cause such corrosion. The design developed by LESER prevents the safety valve from opening prematurely as a result of changes in the set pressure caused by corrosion effects on the seat. In order to ensure that the safety valve can be safely and tightly closed again after lifting, LESER also offers a combination with the supplementary loading system in addition to the urea synthesis safety valve. This unique solution enables LESER to help the customer avoid having to shut down the plant, which is unavoidable in the event of larger leaks. "The trade fair was a great success," summarised Andreas Caldonazzi, who is responsible for this application-oriented solution as the Product Manager. "We could give our customers important information to improve their processes and therewith to increase the productivity.  In the December issue of the magazine "Indian Fertilizer – Scene Annual – 2013", LESER also published the article, "An Innovative Safety Solution for Overpressure Protection in the Urea Synthesis Section," on the topic of overpressure protection in urea plants.

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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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UreaKnowHow Urea Training Program & Urea Masterclass in June 2020 in Amsterdam

UreaKnowHow Urea Training Program & Urea Masterclass in June 2020 in Amsterdam

UreaKnowHow.com will organise its by more than 1000 participants attended 5-Day Urea Training Program again from 1-5 June 2020 in Amsterdam. 
And directly following, we will organise the 3-Day Urea Masterclass from 8-10 June 2020 also in Amsterdam. The 3-Day Urea Masterclass is a unique follow up of the 5-Day Training Program and will apply in realistic cases the earlier lessons learned. It will take your urea knowledge to a deeper level by an active participation in intensive workshops. You will get minimum 5 Takeaways of each workshop to directly use in your plant.
If you join both programs you will receive 20% Discount. We also offer Group and Early Bird Discounts. So register now and assure your participation in these unique Training Programs! Click here for More Information and Registration Forms

 

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UreaKnowHow.com writes Urea Chapter of Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

UreaKnowHow.com writes Urea Chapter of Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Written by prominent scholars from industry, academia, and research institutions, the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology presents a wide scope of articles on chemical substances—including their properties, manufacturing, and uses. It also focuses on industrial processes and unit operations in chemical engineering, as well as covering fundamentals and scientific subjects related to the field. Additionally, environmental and health issues concerning chemical technology are also addressed.

Click here for the Link to Kirk-Othmer Urea Chapter

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Specific Process Safety Risks in Ammonia and Urea Plants 19-21 June 2019 in Amsterdam: A First of a Kind Milestone Event

Specific Process Safety Risks in Ammonia and Urea Plants 19-21 June 2019 in Amsterdam: A First of a Kind Milestone Event

In Amsterdam from 19-21 June 2019 for the first time an open 3-Day Safety Ammonia & Urea Training Program was organised by AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com: “Specific Process Safety Risks in Ammonia and Urea Plants”. More than twenty engineers participated from all around the world: Belgium, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Netherlands, UK, USA and Vietnam. It was a first of a kind milestone event in our industry as several process safety risks were shared and discussed amongst all participants, who origin from various licensors, contractors and producers. The result can only improve Safety and Performance of our industry! Click here to read the complete report and the video.

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UreaKnowHow.com  Presents Six Specific FIORDA Case Studies at the International Fertilizer Society 2019 in Brussels

UreaKnowHow.com Presents Six Specific FIORDA Case Studies at the International Fertilizer Society 2019 in Brussels

On June 4 & 5, 2019, IFS organised its yearly Technical Conference, this year in Brussels. The conference was well attended by some 50+ participants from all over the world. On the first day just after the first break, Mark Brouwer presented “THE PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF A DIRECTORY OF UREA SAFETY INCIDENTS, WITH CASE STUDIES”. 

The presentation and related paper highlight six specific case studies to show how FIORDA, as a directory of urea safety incidents, can help a urea producer to realise higher safety standards and reliability figures:...

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UreaKnowHow.com welcomes ALLIA as our new Sponsor

UreaKnowHow.com welcomes ALLIA as our new Sponsor

More than 40 years of history
Since the 1st January 2014, CMI entreprise has become AlliA to affirm our development over more than 25 years in industrial equipment contracting. 
Our Company has become a major player thanks to the alliance of design, production and installation of equipment and production units for treating gases, liquids and paste-like fluids.
An industrial engineering equipment contractor, we are specialized in materials processing (carbon steel, stainless steel and noble materials) enabling us to offer project management associated with an integrated design office to thermally and mechanically design and dimension products or units in accordance with codes, regulations and customer requirements.

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Yara has joined FIORDA as the Founder Member

Yara has joined FIORDA as the Founder Member

We are pleased to announce that Yara has recently joined FIORDA as the founder member and key contributor to fertilizer industry process safety. FIORDA is the Fertilizer Industry Operational Risks Database, a database for fertilizer manufacturers developed by AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com teams with the mission is to improve safety and reliability performance of fertilizer plants by collecting and exchanging process safety data among the participating companies. As one of the leading companies in promoting safety in the fertilizer industry, Yara will share their experience and will contribute with case studies in developing the process safety knowledge supporting safety in operation and plant integrity. FIORDA is an initiative open to all fertilizer manufacturers willing to join their efforts and contribute to safer and reliable operation of nitrogen fertilizer plants. More information about FIORDA membership are available here. For additional information, you can contact Dan Cojocaru (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mark Brouwer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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UreaKnowHow.com presents FIORDA Urea Case Studies

UreaKnowHow.com presents FIORDA Urea Case Studies

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.

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We reached 6000 Members!

We reached 6000 Members!

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 ...

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Dedicated Specific Process Safety Hazards for Urea Plants for OCI Nitrogen in Geleen

Dedicated Specific Process Safety Hazards for Urea Plants for OCI Nitrogen in Geleen

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

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10 Years UreaKnowHow.com!

10 Years UreaKnowHow.com!

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,

Jo Eijkenboom
Mark Brouwer

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UreaKnowHow.com presents Advances in Urea Process and Product Technology

UreaKnowHow.com presents Advances in Urea Process and Product Technology

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.

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What is Your Problem ?

What is Your Problem ?

Optimising a urea plant is a continuous process and a challenging task for anyone working in a urea plant.
UreaKnowHow.com is an independent group of nitrogen fertilizer specialists with an impressive number of years experience in designing, maintaining and operating nitrogen fertilizer plants.
Share with us your problem and we will do our best to give advise and support you in solving your problem and bring your plant to higher safety and performance standards.
Contact Mark Brouwer via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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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 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.

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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.

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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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