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- SynCOR Ammonia™ - New process for grassroots plants
SynCOR Ammonia™ - New process for grassroots plants
By rewriting the book on ammonia plant capacities, SynCOR Ammonia™ enables greater economies of scale and paves the way for new benchmarks, new financials and new opportunities – all using proven technologies.
SynCOR Ammonia™ is a technology break-through in the ammonia industry. Where all ammonia plants today rely on conventional two-step reforming based on tubular steam methane reforming and an air-fired secondary reformer, SynCOR Ammonia™ utilizes the unique Topsoe SynCOR™ solution, a process based on oxygen-fired autothermal reforming.
SynCOR Ammonia™ introduces a previously unseen scaling factor for single-train ammonia plants, thanks to a steam-to-carbon ratio of just 0.6 – reducing steam throughput by 80%. The result can be double-digit reductions in the cost per ton of producing ammonia – with greater savings achieved the further you scale up.
By introducing new economies of scale into ammonia production, SynCOR Ammonia™ gives plant owners breakthrough options for profitable expansion and provides new investors with an opportunity to enter the market with a sharp competitive edge.
Simplified process layout
Most significant differences between conventional plant concepts and SynCOR Ammonia™
|Technology||Conventional NH3 plant|
|Reforming section||Tubular steam reformer and air blown secondary reformer||Prereformer and oxygen blown SynCOR™|
|Shift section||High-temperature shift followed by low temperature shift||Two high-temperature shifts in series|
|CO2 removal section||Standard||Standard|
|Synthesis gas cleaning||Methanation||Nitrogen wash with purge and nitrogen addition|
|Ammonia synthesis||Ammonia synthesis loop with purge||Inert free synthesis loop with no purge|
|Purge gas treatment||Ammonia wash followed by hydrogen recovery||No treatment required|
|Relative energy consumption||100||97|
|Relative make-up water consumption||100||40-50|
|MAX referenced capacity, single train NH3/other industries||3,500 MTPD / -||4,000 MTPD*)/>6,000 MTPD|
* An equivalent production of 4,000 MTPD