Qatar's Qafco 5 starts commercial production

second ammonia train will be operational be the end of the first half

Qafco is set to become the world's largest fertiliser producer.
Qafco is set to become the world's largest fertiliser producer.

Industries Qatar has announced that its subsidiary Qatar Fertilizer Company (Qafco) has started commercial production from its fifth expansion (Qafco 5).

“Qafco 5 started commercial production of urea and ammonia in February with an operational rate of 80%,” the company said in a statement. “Works are still on progress to complete the second train of ammonia,” it added.

“We expect the completion of the second train of ammonia by the end of the first half 2012,” Industries Qatar said.

The completion of the fifth expansion allows the company to increase its production capacity to 3.6 million tonnes of ammonia and 4.2 million tonnes of urea.

In addition, the company said that the sixth expansion “Qafco 6” is progressing as scheduled and set to start commercial production by the third quarter 2012. The completion of Qafco 6 will mark an unprecedented event with the company’s production capacity of urea which will reach 5.5 million tonnes per year, as it will be the largest urea producer in the world.

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