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Swiss company to supply catalyst for $3.5bn green ammonia project in Duqm

31 Jan 2022 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Clariant, a Swiss multinational speciality chemicals company, announced that that it will supply ammonia synthesis catalyst for ACME Group’s ground-breaking green ammonia project in Oman.

In a statement on the company website, Clariant underlined its commitment to decarbonize the chemical industry and supports the prestigious overall US$3.5bn project to produce green ammonia and green hydrogen in Duqm.

In October last year, India’s leading clean energy company ACME Group selected the US-based technology firm KBR for its large-scale green hydrogen and ammonia project in Duqm.

Clariant will supply KBR with its next-generation AmoMax 10 Plus ammonia synthesis catalyst for the upcoming ACME green ammonia plant of the Oman Company for the Development of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. Once completed, the plant will be a fully integrated, carbon-neutral facility, using solar and wind energy to produce 300 tonnes of ammonia per day.

ACME Group is building this major green hydrogen and ammonia project in Duqm with an estimated investment of US$3.5bn. The project, as announced earlier, would be developed in phases and the first phase is likely to be commissioned by the end of 2022.

Stefan Heuser, senior vice president and general manager of catalysts business unit at Clariant, said, “We are convinced that green ammonia will play a crucial role in the global energy transition and with our novel ammonia synthesis catalyst AmoMax 10 Plus, we provide a state-of-the-art product to facilitate this change towards a more sustainable future. Together with our partner KBR we look forward to setting a new standard in a more sustainable and profitable green ammonia production.”

Graham Hoar, vice president – ammonia, syngas and fertilizers at KBR, added, “Due to our history of successful collaborations with Clariant, we know that they are the right partners to support our outstanding technology with the optimal catalyst to help pioneering companies, like ACME, lead the energy transition with highly efficient green ammonia production.”

The AmoMax 10 Plus is particularly well suited to the requirements of green ammonia production. Based on Clariant’s industry-proven ammonia synthesis catalyst AmoMax 10, this new catalyst is designed with an optimized promoter set, greatly increasing its activity and stability while reducing startup times.

The superior activity of AmoMax 10 Plus allows operation with a higher per pass conversion and lower loop pressure. Consequently, it can be used to increase ammonia production and/or to reduce energy consumption. Moreover, the catalyst’s improved stability and excellent resistance to poisons like water and oxygen increase its robustness and lifetime.

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