Entrant: Samsung Engineering
Project owner: Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden)
Project contractor: Samsung Engineering
Engineering consultants: WorleyParsons, Uhde (licensor)
EPC contractor: Samsung Engineering
Description: In 2007, Samsung Engineering was awarded the contract to build the world’s biggest ammonia plant by Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden). The facility is part of one of the largest ever fully integrated fertiliser production operations – a joint venture scheme between Maaden and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation to utilise natural gas and sulphur resources in the east of the kingdom.
The plant is a single-train facility with a capacity of 3,300 tonnes a day. Uhde has supplied its dual-pressure process technology for the ammonia plant. The technology was especially chosen by Maaden as it allows for the construction of reliable and environmentally-friendly single-train plants with capacities of 3,000-4,000 tonnes a day.
Using this technology will unlock benefits such as an extremely flexible process design with the optimised use of catalysts and machinery, and no major deviations from proven process conditions.