New ammonia process, catalyst proven in Canadian plant

Anne K. Rhodes Refining/Petrochemical Editor Pacific Ammonia Inc.'s ammonia plant in Kitimat, B.C., is the first commercial installation of M.W. Kellogg's KAAP and KRES processes. The two large columns shown here are the KRES unit autothermal reformer (left) and reforming exchanger (right). Pacific Ammonia Inc. (PAI) has increased ammonia production 40% at its Kitimat, B.C., plant. The retrofit that enabled it to do so was the first commercial application of two new ammonia technologies. The reduced-energy ammonia synthesis process uses a new, noniron catalyst. The addition of a reforming exchanger produced the additional synthesis gas that boosted ammonia produc...

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