On June 8th 2013 a very special ceremony took place in our Works. A number of projects were officially inaugurated on that day, including the first such modern flue-gas desulfurization installation in Europe and third flue-gas desulfurization installation using wet scrubbing with ammonia in the whole world. The other projects were two installations in New Fertilizer Complex, an installation for liquid fertilizers with sulfur (PULASKA®, RSM®S) and Logistics Center for fertilizers in granules.
Investing in development
The total investment expenditure of Azoty Group “PUŁAWY” was 360 million PLN for the projects finalized in June. Next year another two installations will be launched-an Installation for the Production of Granulated Fertilizers (PULGRAN®, PULGRAN®S), a part of New Fertilizer Complex and Ammonia Stockage with a budget of 108.5 million PLN.
The ceremony on July 8th was attended by Włodzimierz Karpiński, the Minister of Treasury, Paweł Jarczewski, the CEO of Azoty Group and representatives of Azoty Group and Azoty Group “PUŁAWY”. Azoty Group CEO Mr Jarczewski put emphasis on the fact that investment projects implemented by “PUŁAWY” serve as a proof that the Polish chemical sector may be and is innovative.
The new flue-gas desulfurization installation is one of the first few in the world which use wet scrubbing with ammonia technology. Thanks to this investment, it will be possible to reduce the polluting emissions from the combined cycle power plant by over 80%! A side product of this technology is ammonium sulfate, which will be used in the manufacturing of fertilizers with added sulfur in the New Fertilizer Complex.
According to Marian Rybak, the new Chairman of the Board of Azoty Group “PUŁAWY”, new investments in Puławy constitute our response to perceived needs of agricultural market in Central Europe. The research which has recently been competed confirms the need to enrich soil with sulfur. Liquid fertilizers manufactured by “PUŁAWY”, and shortly also fertilizers in granules, will provide cultivated crops with this indispensable element.
The construction of New Logistics Center has also been completed. It is a part of a new plant of granulated fertilizers based on urea and sulfur. The new building includes a modern packing room with 240 tonnes per hour capacity and a warehouse which could stock as many as 13,000 tonnes of fertilizers.
Taking care of the environment
Improving efficiency of manufacturing processes is one of the key targets of investment projects in Azoty Group “PUŁAWY”. At the same time, we would like our installations to abide by the strictest norms of quality and environmental friendliness.
Over the last few years it was possible for “PUŁAWY” to reduce exhaust pollution significantly and limit the amount of sewage water pollution. Since 1985 the Company has reduced particulate matter emissions by as much as 94%, sewage water pollution by 70%, and gas pollution by 53%! The new flue-gas desulfurization installation, which is being started up at the moment, will reduce the concentration of SO2 from 3000 mg/m3 to below 200 mg/m3.
A leader in innovation
Another crucial task aimed at improving the efficiency of the manufacturing process is the investment in a new air compressor. The project finalized on June 28th 2013 will raise the efficiency of ammonia production in Ammonia Department II in Fertilizer Works. The value of this investment is 24.5 million PLN. As a result, the chain will be able to increase output by 15%!
All the completed and planned investment projects make the Company more efficient on Polish as well as global market. Thanks to implementation of innovative projects, we confirm our position in the lead of fertilizer-chemical companies in Europe and the world.