Haldor Topsoe wins license for new Azerbaijan ammonia plant

The national State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (Socar) selected the Danish catalysis expert Haldor Topsoe to provide its first integrated fertilizer project in Azerbaijan with its ammonia technology.

With a budget of $650 million capital expenditure, the Republic of Azerbaijan has made the final investment decision (FID) to build the country largest ammonia and urea integrated fertilizer plant in the country. This fertilizer plant should be located at the Sumgayit City 35 kilometers north of the capital Baku, along the Caspian Sea.

From this position, this Socar greenfield fertilizer project will receive its natural gas feedstock directly from the neighboring offshore giant gas fields. This nitrogen fertilizer project belongs to the State Program 2008 – 2015 to sustain the effective development of the agriculture and the food industry in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Therefore the national oil company Socar has been mandated to build and operate this new plant.

In this context and as part of its mandate, Socar is due to adopt the state-of-art technologies to design this greenfield fertilizer plant so that it will meet all the international standards of quality and performances.

The Socar Sumgayit fertilizer project is 100% financed by the Government.

Socar allocated 24 hectares of land in its Azerkimya plant and proceeded to the revamping of the existing transportation infrastructures to prepare the ground for the coming nitrogen fertilizer plant.