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New complex at Belarusian Grodno Azot to up fertilizer production by over 50%
The commissioning of a new nitrogen complex in OAO Grodno Azot will allow increasing the production of fertilizers by over 50%. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Lyashenko made the statement at a joint session of both chambers of the Belarusian parliament, BelTA has learned.
The official said: “This year OAO Grodno Azot will invite tenders to choose the general contractor for building a new nitrogen complex. All parties with experience in this field have been invited. The complex will allow increasing nitrogen fertilizer production by over 50%. Respectively, we will get an extra economic effect. The prime cost of fertilizers made by the new complex will be 15% lower than that of the existing complex.”
The deputy prime minister also mentioned other significant investment projects of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim. Mozyr Oil Refinery is implementing a project concerning the complex for hydrocracking black oil. In 2019 Naftan Oil Refinery will finish the construction and installation work at a delayed coking plant. It is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020. These modernization efforts will increase the crude oil upgrading index to 90%, with the output of light oil products up to 66%. It will allow increasing the production of gasoline and diesel fuel compliant with the Euro-5 environmental standard. It will allow making new kinds of products – petroleum coke and elemental sulfur (up to 460,000 tonnes and 68,000 tonnes per annum respectively).
Igor Lyashenko said there is a significant potential for growth on the tire market. “The main task is to increase the production of popular radial tires, which now account for 50% of the output. The figure should be raised to 80%. Pilot batches of solid metal cord radial tires with the rim diameter of 51 inches will be made in 2019. Trials will be arranged in existing open pits,” said the official.