Maximizing productivity, future-proofing designs and prioritizing the needs of operators - our ammonia customers can rely on our engineers for all three. Because that is exactly what the Linde Ammonia Concept (LAC™) concept achieves for ammonia plants. LAC™ provides customers with greater flexibility over the feedstocks they use – from natural gas through methanol to naphtha and heavy oil. This benefit proved key in convincing a customer in Salalah, Oman, to implement LAC™. In this case, we are using a hydrogen-rich gas provided by the plant operator.
Our engineers also integrated a clean syngas generation stage into the process. This gives operators the option of using valuable gas streams such as hydrogen or carbon dioxide as additional product. This benefit was a deciding factor in favor of LAC™ for our customers in Togliatti (Russia) and Al Jubail (Saudi Arabia). In addition to this, our technology also eliminates the need for three catalytic steps overall, which means LAC™ consumes only half the catalyst material required by conventional processes. A modular design makes LAC™ an attractive option for smaller ammonia plants in particular. Demand for this technology is on the rise. The fact that LAC™ is an inert-free process is a further benefit as it eliminates the need for scrubbing and recovery processes, thus reducing the number of plant engineering components required overall. This results in a compact design that facilitates transport and on-site assembly.