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KBR to Renovate Ammonia Plant in Mangalore

KBR signs deal to revamp ammonia plant operated by Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers, in Mangalore.

India: KBR Inc., a leading US based EPC company, has entered into an agreement with Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizer (MCF) to revamp its ammonia plant located in Panambur, Mangalore, India. The contract value of the deal has not been disclosed, however, the plant would utilize KBR’s ammonia technology to improve the energy efficiency of the plant. KBR has its operation in nearly 40 nations worldwide and serves customers in around 80 countries. The company has designed, constructed, licensed and engineered around 230 ammonia plants. Earlier this year, the company had been awarded a contract for providing catalyst solution to Ammonia Plants in Indonesia.

TechSci Research depicts that rebuilding of ammonia production plant in India is 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 the India.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, “Global Nitric Acid Market By Plant Type, By Sales Channel, By Application, By Region, 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. Rising demand for nitric acid across the globe can be attributed to its widespread use in production of chemicals such as ammonium nitrate, calcium ammonium nitrate, nitrobenzene, adipic acid, toluene di isocynate etc., used in fertilizers, polyurethanes, pharmaceuticals and other end user industries.

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