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Clariant And KBR Deliver Catalysts for Ammonia Plants in Indonesia

Indonesia: Clariant, one of the leading specialty chemical companies, in cooperation with licensing partner KBR, has announced that the company would be providing total catalyst solutions to 2 new ammonia projects in Indonesia. KBR's process technologies in conjugation with a wide range of catalysts offered by Clariant are expected to aid reduction in production costs and improvement in ammonia plant efficiency. Major catalysts to be supplied to Indonesian ammonia plants include AmoMax 10 for ammonia synthesis, ReforMax 330 LDP & ReforMax 210 LDP for reforming, ShiftMax 120, and ShiftMax 217 & ShiftMax 210 for high-temperature shift (HTS) & low-temperature shift (LTS) reactions.

TechSci Research depicts that the start-up of two major ammonia production plants in Indonesia are expected to positively influence the nitric acid industry of the country. Availability of ammonia, a major raw material in the production of nitric acid, is anticipated to augment the nitric acid production in Indonesia, which would further lead to reduction of dependency on exports in the country. Additionally, this would further help the country to enhance their industrial base as well as economic growth.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, “Global Nitric Acid Market By Plant Type (Dual and Mono Pressure), By Sales Channel, By Application (Ammonium Nitrate and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate, etc.), By Region (Europe, Asia-Pacific, etc.), Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011 - 2025”, the global nitric acid market is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 6% during 2016-2025, on the back of implementation of stringent regulations related to greenhouse gas pollution control, expanding ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate industries and growing demand for explosives from mining and construction sectors. Europe is the largest consumer of nitric acid across the globe. However, rapid industrialization in APAC are projected to drive robust growth in demand for nitric acid and its derivatives in the region in the ensuing years.

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