Through a series of debottleneckings, actual capacity at Fertil is running at 1,340 t/d of ammonia and 1,850 t/d of urea. The proposed expansion is aimed at utilising additional volumes of feedstock gas to be supplied from the Asab, Bab and Thamama C oil fields in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Along with the debottlenecking scheme, Fertil is also planning an expansion of existing facilities. The US’ Jacobs Engineering is understood to be the low bidder for the feasibility study contract on the construction of ammonia, urea and granulations units, along with related utilities at a total investment cost of about $450 million. At least four companies submitted bids in early July for the contract. The other bidders included Canada’s SNC Lavalin, WorleyParsonsand US-based Shaw Group.

Fertil is a 66.7:33.3 joint venture of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and France’s Total.