Thyssenkrupp Wins Egyptian EPC Contract

Contractor to Develop Ain El Sokhna Fertilizer Complex

Engineering firm Thyssenkrupp has signed a contract for construction of a major fertilizer complex in Egypt.
The engineering, procurement and construction contract was awarded by Egyptian chemical and fertilizer manufacturer El Nasr Co. for Intermediate Chemicals, or NCIC. The contract will be carried out by Thyssenkrupp subsidiary Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions.

“To date we have planned and built 16 of the 17 existing nitrogen fertilizer plants in the country and, are delighted that another state-of-the-art plant will now be added,” said Ralf Richmann, CEO of Syngas Technologies at Thyssenkrupp.

The new complex will be located at Ain El Sokhna, about 100 kilometers southeast of Cairo, and will be linked with NCIC’s nearby phosphatic and compound fertilizer complex.

Three-year Construction Period

Construction is scheduled to last until 2022 and support significant breakbulk acitivty during the construction phase. Thyssenkrupp will rely on local ties as well through its project consortium partner, Egyptian energy firm Petrojet.

“We have a particularly successful partnership with Egypt stretching back more than 160 years which offers great potential for the future. Our longstanding experience in plant construction, our strong local presence and close collaboration with our customers form the basis for our success and strong market position in the region,” said Marcel Fasswald, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions.

Multimillion-euro Investment

Once complete the site is expected to produce up to 440,000 tons of ammonia, 380,000 tons of urea and 300,000 tons of calcium ammonium nitrate, or CAN, per annum. The exact deal value was not disclosed but was reported to be in the “mid-three-digit million euro range.”

Based in Duisburg and Essen, German multinational conglomerate thyssenkrupp is one of the world's largest steel producers and a major EPC contractor. The group’s Industrial Solutions division specializes in tailored, turnkey plants and components for customers in the chemical, fertilizer, cement, mining and steel industries.

Phosphate Boom
The investment is in line with growth forecasts for the Egyptian fertilizer sector, with the Egyptian Chamber of Chemical Industries estimating that the country’s phosphate segment may see investment levels grow up to 10 times in the next decade.
“The new plants are part of NCIC’s plans to expand its current product portfolio to include high-quality nitrogen fertilizer for local and export markets. Nitrogen is a key nutrient for plant growth and of critical importance for industrial agriculture,” a spokesperson for Thyssenkrupp said.

Photo: Fertilizer plant. Credit: Thyssenkrupp