In recent years, the production site has been implementing some of the most ambitious projects in the Russian chemical industry as part of Apatit’s investment programme. Among other things, investments were aimed at increasing production volumes and reducing manufacturing costs.
Total investment in PhosAgro Group’s Cherepovets chemical facilities from 2014 through 2018 exceeded RUB 85 billion.
December 2018 saw the commissioning of an upgraded sulphuric acid production unit and a terminal for feedstock storage with a capacity of 30 kt. With the upgrades in place, the capacity of the SK-600/3 unit increased from 680 ktpa to 1 mtpa of sulphuric acid, helping to reduce the Company’s dependence on third-party supplies of sulphuric acid.
Investment in the project exceeded RUB 5 billion.
Aluminium fluoride production unit was upgraded in December 2017 increasing the facility’s total aluminium fluoride capacity from 23 kt to 47 kt. Last but not least, the project will reduce phosphate-based by-products by 6.61 ktpa, which will reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
Investment in the project exceeded RUB 2 billion.
A new production facility comprising the third high-tech ammonia plant with a capacity of 760 ktpa and a granulated urea plant with a capacity of 500 ktpa was launched in late 2017. It helped us boost output of mineral fertilizers, expand sales markets and curb feedstock import. The new ammonia and urea capacities use state-of-the-art licensed technologies and entirely meet the best available technology requirements. Following the launch of the new urea unit and upgrades to the two existing units in 2017, Apatit took the lead in urea output in Russia at a single production facility.
Total investment in the project exceeded RUB 65 billion.
In July 2017, we put into operation state-of-the-art biological and chemical wastewater treatment facilities with a capacity of 10,000 cubic metres per day included in the country’s action plan for the Year of Ecology. Industrial effluents, rainwater and domestic sewage from Apatit’s Nitrogen Complex and from third-party properties, such as the Novye Ugli town and the Cherepovets industrial park, are fed to the wastewater treatment facilities. Cutting-edge technologies eliminate effluent discharge into waterbodies, and treated wastewater is reused in Apatit production cycle.
Construction costs exceeded RUB 883 million.
A comprehensive investment programme to ramp up the facility’s ammonia capacity to 1.15 mtpa was implemented in 2006–2016.
Project investment totals RUB 16 billion.
A new modern prilled urea facility of 500 ktpa and a gas turbine power plant (GTPP) of 32 MW were put into operation in October 2012. With the launch of the new urea unit, total mineral fertilizer output on Phos-Agro Cherepovets’ site exceeded 4 mt, and urea production doubled. The integrated urea facility and the energy efficient GTPP are based on the most advanced technologies available. Carbon dioxide is used in the urea production process as feedstock, which is essential for improving environmental protection in Cherepovets.
Capital expenditure in the new urea unit and power plant totalled ca. RUB 7.6 billion.