EuroChem Group AG, a leading global fertilizer company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ proven HPD® crystallization technology for its VolgaKaliy mine expansion project in Russia’s Volgograd region. The mine is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2018, and the expansion – of which Veolia’s crystallization project is a key part – is scheduled to start up in 2021.
The HPD PIC™ Crystallizer System will be used for the production of two-million tonnes per year of high-purity (98.5 per cent) potassium chloride fertilizer from a brine produced from conventionally mined sylvinite ore. The major process equipment provided by Veolia will include multiple HPD PIC™ Crystallizers, recirculation and transfer pumps, vapour condensers, and centrifuges. A combination of direct and indirect vapour condensers were used to optimize the water balance of the plant. The Veolia system has been designed for EuroChem such that process heat will be optimally reused to maximize the temperature of the spent brine sent back to the ore-leaching process.
A primary reason for Veolia’s selection by EuroChem was its commitment to provide process development and process optimization services to the project at a very early stage. Through this early participation with EuroChem, Veolia was able to systematically evaluate multiple design variations, resulting in a custom-engineered system specifically suited to meet EuroChem’s production, equipment layout, and operational needs, all while optimizing the cost effectiveness of the system.
“With their proven experience and talented team, EuroChem is pleased to be working with such a strong partner as Veolia,” says Clark Bailey, head of mining at EuroChem. “The expansion phase of our VolgaKaliy project will increase the plant’s capacity to its original proposed nameplate of 4.6 million tonnes per year of potassium in grades once all the expansions are complete. The product is suitable for both agricultural and industrial applications to better diversify our portfolio and markets. Our first phase continues to be on track to begin production in mid-2018.”
Klaus Andersen, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies Inc., says that Veolia designs and implements solutions aimed at improving access to resources while at the same time protecting and renewing those same resources. “With the experience from more than 1,200 successful installations for industrial evaporation and crystallization and over 50 references in the fertilizer market, we were able to offer a custom-built system that offers the flexibility to meet a wide range of production requirements. We are proud to partner with EuroChem on this prestigious project.”
EuroChem is a leading global fertilizer company producing primarily nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, as well as certain organic synthesis products and iron ore. The group is vertically integrated with activities spanning mining and hydrocarbons extraction to fertilizer production, logistics, and distribution. EuroChem is currently developing two sizeable potash deposits in Russia with its VolgaKaliy and Usolskiy potash greenfield projects. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, the group operates production facilities in Belgium, China, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and Russia and employs more than 25,000 people globally.
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 163,000 employees worldwide, the group designs and provides water, waste, and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy, and converted 30 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.39 billion in 2016.by