breaking news

December 2018

Casale is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by Messrs Smartchem Technologies Limited (STL), a fully owned subsidiary of M/s Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited, India (DFPCL) for a new technical Ammonium Nitrate complex which includes:

  • one 900 MTD Nitric Acid plant, based on Casale’s proprietary NA2000 process (Dual Pressure)
  • one 1143 MTD Ammonium Nitrate Solution plant incorporating Casale’s AN2000 Pipe Reactor technology
  • one Prilling Unit capable to produce 970 MTD of either High Density Ammonium Nitrate (HDAN), based on Casale Technology, or the same amount of Low Density Ammonium Nitrate (LDAN), based on the newly acquired technology from ORICA for this product.

The project will make full use of the original, mothballed, unused equipment originally supplied for another ‘project’ in a totally different geographical area, which never materialized.

Under the terms of the contract Casale will supply, for each of the units mentioned above, the process license, know-how, revalidation of the original Basic Design, review of the new Detail Design, proprietary items and site assistance.

This new order is a testament of Casale’s ability to act as a single source provider of all key technologies and services for an Ammonium Nitrate complex.

Trident Prill Tower

December the 5th 2018

IFFCO, a large Indian fertilizer producer and marketer, has signed off the official acceptance certificate of one of the largest fertilizer revamping project recently carried out in India, involving 13 plants (5 ammonia and 8 urea, respectively, located on 3 sites far apart each other), originally commissioned between the 70’s and the 90’s.

Back in 2014, IFFCO entrusted Casale to devise and be the overall licensor of such revamp, whose target was to reduce the energy consumption of all the plants concerned. After defining the revamping schemes, Casale was responsible for the basic design, the supply of proprietary technologies and equipment, the check of detail engineering design performed by a local reputed company and site assistance.

The project was particularly challenging for several reasons, such as the tight schedule imposed, the large number of plants involved, the necessity to develop common solutions to be implemented in plants originally designed according to different technologies. A crucial factor for the final success was Casale’s ability to take on unique responsibility for the entire complexes, stemming from its experience in both ammonia and urea, and including the optimization the common utility networks.

A close-knit cooperation between the Customer, Casale and the local Contractor was also essential. It took less than 26 months form contract signature to commission all the plants. A detailed report of this noteworthy achievement is going to be discussed at the coming FAI seminar in New Delhi, from 5 to 7 December 2018 and will then be available on our website Please stay tuned for more information.

Phulpur plant

16 August 2018

PJSC Metafrax, one of the leading Russian chemical companies, and Casale have entered into a contract for the supply of Basic Engineering Design for a second melamine plant to be implemented near the one currently under construction at Gubakha, Perm Region (Russia).

The new plants capacity will be 40000 MTY, as the first one, and will also be based on Casales LEM process. A dedicated urea plant, also designed by Casale according to its proprietary technology, will be part of the project with the purpose to treat the melamine off-gases, without affecting the existing urea plant .

The 2nd melamine plant is slated for completion in 2022 and it will be totally integrated into the large multi-product complex, dubbed AUM, currently under advanced stage of realization nearby, which, besides having already boosted Metafraxs traditional methanol production by more than 30% in Phase-1 (completed), is now meant to add completely new ammonia, urea and melamine facilities.

The key underpinning of the whole AUM project is to make an efficient use of the H2 contained in off gases of the existing methanol plant as well as of the CO2 captured in a dedicated unit from the flue gas of the existing reformers, captured in a dedicated unit, with the purpose to significantly expand the product mix of the original methanol plant.

All technologies used in the AUM are proprietary to Casale which is also the EPCm contractor, thus providing single point responsibilities for the whole complex.

The new melamine plant is the 3rd LEM in a row won by Casale after entering the market in 2013, through the acquisition of Borealis melamine technology, and it is a testimony of the wide and rapid acceptance gained by this process, which, in turn is the result of its superior features compared to other technologies available on the market:

  • highest synthesis efficiency
  • lowest energy consumption
  • lowest urea melt consumption
  • superior melamine product quality
  • easiest and simplest integration with the urea plant
  • fully referenced for more than 20 years

The 1st LEM plant, for GSFC (India), also of 40000 MTY capacity, is near to being started up this year.

It is worth to underline that Casale is the sole licensor and contractor in the world which can provide urea and melamine processes, based on state-of-the-art, proprietary technologies, as well as complete engineering design, supply of materials and services.

Metafrax AUM Plant