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Investment Projects

PhosAgro investment programme

The company will allocate 29bn RUB for development of production in 2018, with the majority to be invested in Apatit (Cherepovets, the Vologda region). From 2018 onwards, the industrial site in Cherepovets will host construction of new sulphuric and nitric acid facilities. 2.7bn RUB will be invested in enhancing production efficiency and HSE at the Balakovo branch of Apatit.

KuibyshevAzot investment programme

KuibyshevAzot and Gazprom have signed a 10bn RUB loan agreement for 10 years that stipulates the financing of several of the company’s investment projects.

Kemerovo Azot investment programme

Investment in Kemerovo Azot (a subsidiary of SDS Azot) development and retrofit will total 27bn RUB within 6 years. The first phase in 2018 amounts to 6bn RUB.

Construction of Nakhodka mineral fertiliser facility

The Nakhodka mineral fertiliser facility (National Chemical Group) is an ambitious investment project for construction of a methanol and nitrogen fertiliser facility. The project began in 2012. In 2015, a 20-year contract with Gazprom Group was signed for natural gas supplies at 3.15 bcma. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2018. The plant will be gradually commissioned in Q3 2021 – Q1 2022. Annual capacity is expected at 1.8 mtpa of methanol (phase 1) and 1.8 mtpa of ammonia (phase 2). The potential phase 3 stipulates urea manufacture. Phase 1 budget amounts to 1150 – 1375m USD, with completion scheduled for 2022. Construction will be based on an EPC contract, with flagship international contractors. Agreements have already been signed with Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Toyo Engineering Construction for design engineering, equipment supply, and construction activities.

Construction of Gas Chemical Facility Ammonium-2 in Mendeleyevsk

The facility will be built near a newly-built ammonium plant, and will produce methanol, ammonia, urea, and nitre. Cost of construction is estimated at 1.4bn USD. Rustam Minnikhanov, a resident of Tatarstan, has signed an MoC with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Sojitz Corporation. The Ammonium-2 MoC also features Tatneft, who reportedly are the project investor, as they already purchase the production of the Ammonium-1 facility and are interested in developing similar facilities in-house.

Construction of ammonia – UAN – melamine facility in Gubakha

The complex is expected to become one of the largest among existing or planned facilities of its kind in terms of both scale and investment. A contract for design engineering, equipment, supplies, and construction management has been signed between Metafrax and Swiss Casale. As specified by the contract, Casale is the project licensor and contractor. General contractors are NIIK and Uralenergostroy. Based on proprietary Casale technology, the Metafrax project consists of three units: an ammonia synthesis circuit, a UAN unit, and a melamine unit. Daily capacity is 894 tpd of ammonia, 1672 tpd of urea, and 120 tpd of melamine respectively. The majority of production (75%) is intended for in-house use - for manufacture of UFC, a component of the proprietary NCF synthetic resin produced by Metadinea (an holding subsidiary). The rest will be delivered to domestic and foreign markets. Project cost exceeds 950m EUR, with payback period estimated at 13 years. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2018, with completion scheduled for 2021.

Construction of the Shchekinoazot ammonia nitrate and nitric acid facility

The Shchekinoazot company has begun construction on a new ammonia nitrate and nitric acid facility. Project completion is scheduled for 2021. The investment programme stipulates construction of a new production complex expected to total 6.6bn RUB. About 80% of the funds will be raised from loaned funds, including foreign currency. The payback period is estimated at 7.6 years. The facility will comprise a dilute nitric acid unit rated at 270k tpa, and an ammonia nitrate unit rated at 340k tpa. The project also provides for a recycling water supply system and a compressor station. Ammonia nitrate production will be based on conventional methods: via high-pressure nitric acid neutralisation by gaseous ammonia in a tube wall reactor. The FEED stage of the new facility is expected to be accomplished by May 2018. Construction and assembly works will begin no sooner than in summer 2019.

BELARUS. Construction of a nitrogen facility at Grodno Azot.

Grodno Azot (Belneftekhim) will host the construction of a nitrogen facility comprising an ammonia unit rated at 875k tpa, an hydrogen unit rated at 200m cma, and an UAN unit rated at 1.225 mtpa. The preliminary deadline is 2022, with project cost estimated at 1.5bn USD.

Revamp of Nevinnomyssky Azot

Eurochem intends to invest more than 6bn RUB in boosting the capacity of Nevinnomyssky Azot by further developing three plant sections over the next five years. Ammonia, urea, and mixed fertiliser capacities are planned for expansion. In Q1 2018 the company will spend 1.12bn RUB on a retrofit to the urea unit intended to generate a gain in urea yield. Plans are also in place to invest 1.75bn RUB on in-house feedstock production. Over 3.14bn RUB more will be allocated for a retrofit to the mixed fertiliser section, thereby increasing capacity to 600k tpa.

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