EuroChem brings Melamine online
May 25, 2012, EuroChem today announced that it has launched Russia’s first melamine production line at its Nevinnomysskiy Azot nitrogen plant. Local authorities, including Viktor Shurupov First Deputy Prime Minister of the Stavropol Territory and Dmitry Samatov the Minister of Industry, Energy and Transport of the Stavropol Territory, were on hand to witness the start of operations.
Representing investments of about 10.5bn, Nevinnomysskiy Azot’s melamine line has an annual production capacity of 50,000 tonnes. Once fully ramped-up, the melamine line will have enough capacity to fully meet domestic demand as well as to substitute imports. Additionally, the launch of melamine production has also created approximately one hundred additional jobs at the plant.
The project was initiated in 2007 and the construction phase, which generated around 2,000 jobs, started in 2009.
By upgrading adjacent and auxiliary equipment and installing the latest available melamine production technology, the startup of the new facility will decrease Nevinnomysskiy Azot’s environmental footprint by a combined 140 tonnes of emissions and effluent per year.
Melamine is a valuable component in environmentally friendly polymeric compounds such as plastics, varnishes and glues, and is key to paint and coating production and the woodworking industry.