Investment completed in “CHORZÓW” Nitrates Works

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Today we have inaugurated a new investment in “CHORZÓW” Nitrates Works, a part of Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY”. The new, modern installation will process animal fats as well as vegetable oils, and enable the production of stearin, glycerine and distilled fatty acids. We are also celebrating the completion of a 1.5-year investment project. The Fat Processing Installation, the first such enterprise in Poland, is worth 65 million PLN. The installation is capable of producing 13,000 tonnes of stearin annually.

Expanding our portfolio

The investment constitutes an expansion of not only the market offer of “CHORZÓW” Nitrates Works, or Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY”, but first and foremost of the whole Polish chemical industry. The Fat Processing Installation is the first such investment enabling the production of stearin in Poland. The manufacturing process involves renewable resources, which have not been widely used in Polish chemical plants so far (fatty acids produced in fat processing plants). The installation processes them into stearin, which may next be used for the manufacturing of plastics, tyres (as plasticizers), rubber (in the chemical sector), detergents, candles and memorial candles, stearates, glues, emulsifiers and softeners. Stearin has up to now been imported to Poland from Germany, the Czech Republic, or even Malaysia. Following the start-up of the installation in Chorzów, Polish companies will gain much easier access to domestic resources and the foreign trade balance of the chemical sector will be improved.

Modern technologies

The total cost of the investment has reached 64 million PLN and has been covered using own resources and financing from the Industrial Development Agency. The construction of the Fat Processing Installation commenced in February 2012. Profarb from Gliwice was the general contractor responsible for the project.

The current processing capability of the installation is 16,000 tonnes of resources per year! The crucial products of the new installation are liquid stearin and stearin in the form of petals (output of 13,200 tonnes per year) and glycerine 88% free from methanol (annual output of 1,600 tonnes).

Tradition and development

The new investment is not only an opportunity to expand the output capacity of Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY”, but also an opportunity to improve the situation on the local job market. 60 new employees have been taken on by “CHORZÓW” Nitrates Works thanks to the launch of the Fat Processing Installation.

The finalized investment project pays tribute to the nearly 100-years’ history of chemical works in Chorzów. Nitrates Works in Chorzów and those in Tarnów were the cradle of Polish chemical industry created in the inter-war period by the President of Poland Ignacy Mościcki and the Minister of Treasury, Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski.

For the Works in Chorzów, the Fat Processing Installation is a new opening after a period of stagnation. At the same time, the company has been re-branded, so as to return to the historical name of the enterprise. “Azoty-Adipol” has been replaced by Zakłady Azotowe “CHORZÓW” S.A. or “CHORZÓW” Nitrates Works, a brand evoking the era of the company’s prosperity.

We are hopeful that the new installation will open a new chapter in the history of the Works in Chorzów. The investment is a part of the overall strategy of Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY”, that of increasing our presence on all markets.