Another notable event in 2018 was the initiation of construction for the first fertiliser plant at SPARK.
It was reported following its ground breaking ceremony in August that the fertiliser plant seeks to utilise Brunei’s abundant natural gas reserves to further develop the country’s petrochemical industry downstream activities.
The plant is a collaborative effort by Brunei Fertilizer Industries (BFI) and Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (tkIS), a German-based worldwide engineering and construction services provider.
Slated for completion in 2021, the plant will be a fully integrated with state-of-the-art fertiliser complex capable of producing 2,200 tonnes of ammonia and 3,900 tonnes of urea per day. It will use part of Brunei’s large natural gas reserves as feedstock to produce high-quality nitrogen fertiliser targetted for the export market.
Thyssenkrupp will provide expertise in engineering, equipment supply, construction, supervision of construction and commissioning, as well as provide various off-site services to fully realise the project.
“Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is honoured to have the opportunity to work and team up with the people of Brunei in this endeavour. We look forward to working over the course of three years to fully realise this project and beyond and will mark this occasion in both of our history books,” tkIS (Brunei) CEO Joerg Schiemann said at the event.
CEO of the Fertilizer and Syngas Technologies Business Unit at tkIS, Ralf Richmann, meanwhile, Brunei Fertilizer Industry expressed his pride at tkIS’ collaboration with BFI to realise the state-of-the-art fertiliser production facility, which he noted will help in Brunei’s drive to transform into a diversified industrial economy.
“This fertiliser project is the start of a new era of sustainable fertiliser production in Brunei, which will further strengthen the country’s key industry – oil and gas,” he said, adding that Brunei’s position as one of the largest producers and exporters of natural gas will help the facility operate efficiently.
Richmann also commended Brunei for its commitment to innovation and the country’s efforts in continuously promoting, adopting and implementing new technologies.
“The Brunei government is hard at work developing new economic opportunities and creating better employment opportunities for its people,” he said. “Because of this, Thyssenkrupp is pleased to partner up with Brunei in its journey and bringing in more than 90 years of expertise and technologies, to realise this visionary project and provide support in accelerating the nation’s economic growth in a sustainable way.”
“BFI and Thyssenkrupp will continue to work closely together to achieve our common goal; that is to ensure that this plant starts on time and BFI becomes an important high-quality nitrogen fertiliser exporter,” Richmann added.
The fertiliser plant will be a key component in Brunei’s quest to unlock the full commercial potential of its natural gas resources, helping catalyse the creation of downstream industries in its oil and gas sector beyond liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol production, such as the production of urea formaldehyde and melamine from nitrogenous wastes such as ammonia and
These by-products in turn hold the potential to create further spin-off industries such as fibreboard, wood furniture and tableware manufacturing.
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