Amec Foster Wheeler, a British multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company focused on the oil and gas, minerals and metals, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets, has been granted a contract by the National Company for Fertilizers & Chemicals, AGROCHEM, to supply material and detailed engineering for a steam reformer heater for its fertilizer facility in Alexandria, Egypt.
The steam reformer heater will be the primary reformer in the 250 tpd ammonia production unit and it is based on Amec Foster Wheeler’s Terrace WallTM design. This will enable AGROCHEM to have the finalized production line within its facility without any external sourcing of ammonia.
Jonathan Lewis, Amec Foster Wheeler’s Chief Executive, commented that “Amec Foster Wheeler has a proven track record in the design and supply of fired heaters. Our proprietary Terrace WallTM fired heater technology is unique and proven globally and we look forward to applying it to this important facility for AGROCHEM.” AGROCHEM is a new customer for Amec Foster Wheeler and the work is set to be finalized by the end of this year.
Egypt has a long tradition of using mineral fertilizers, whereby it first used Chilean nitrates already back in 1902. The country began to produce its own crop nutrient in 1936 and the production of nitrogen fertilizers began in 1951. Potash fertilizers are not made in the country due to the lack of resources, although some deposits have reportedly been found in recent years.