Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Switch Over To Calcium Nitrate

Jan 27th, 2017

In response to the recent ban on ammonium nitrate and kalkammonsaltpeter (CAN), Turkey launches the production of calcium nitrate. The Ministry of Agriculture of Turkey instituted the ban on the trade and inland transportation of ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate (NOP) and CAN after the terrorist attack in Istanbul on 7 June 2016, as these substances can be used in the manufacture of explosives.

According to the market players, the authorities may lift the prohibition in February of the current year. Thus, the producers will be enabled to renew the sale of these fertilisers. However, the government will strictly regulate and monitor the market. Therefore Turkish companies have focused efforts on new permissible trends such as CAN rich in calcium and with low nitrogen content.

Bagfas Bandirma Gubre Fabrikalari AS (Bagfas), a key national producer of mineral fertilisers, has signed a contract with a global construction firm SNC-Lavalin which provides cooperation in the full modernization of calcium nitrate plant on the south coast of Marmara sea, Turkey. Bagfas is specialised on the production of ammonia sulphate, ammonium nitrate, sulphuric and phosphorus acids. SNC-Lavalin has its subsidiaries in more than fifty countries and possesses a rich experience in the construction, designing and supervising various manufacturing facilities. The Turkish project will be forwarded directly to the building site and through SNC-Lavalin’s agencies in Brussels, Belgium.

The project includes engineering, erection supervision, material supply and other services required for the industry commencing. The facilities will enable to produce about 2000 tonnes of calcium nitrate and 1550 tonnes of stabilised calcium nitrate per day. Moreover, the international partner will provide analysis and further monitoring and improvement of fabrication process including automation of production, processing technologies and equipment. After the modernization which is planned to last for 8-9 months the estimated capacity of the plant will annually comprise 660000 tonnes of calcium-ammonium nitrate.