AmmoniaKnowHow presenting at Nitrogen + Syngas 2019: Fertilizer Industry Operational Risks Database

We are pleased to inform you that the abstract submitted by for CRU Nitrogen + Syngas conference in Berlin in 4-7 March 2019 has been accepted.


During daily operation, start-up, shut-down or turnaround projects we can face unexpected process upsets, unforseen events and findings that challenge our own experience. First steps in solving these issues are to look to our company internal knowledge, check existing literature, industry forums and websites or engage specialized consultants and technology licensors. Depending on the issue, this research may translate into costs associated with extensive downtime and sometimes a trial and error process may occur.

These are the moments when we think: Could this be prevented? Has this happened somewhere else? How did they fix it? What were the subsequent results?

Having these answers handy in the first days or when the early signs of a potential incident show up may save us down time and ultimately money.

Possibility to check beforehand and get an understanding on what those early warning signs mean for our equipment and what the failure mode might be would help us to prevent a major accident hazard in our plants.

Would not it be great to be able to diagnose the “sickness” of our facilities from the early symptoms, and not only diagnose but to see how the issue has been developing at other anonymous process facilities around the world that detail the event, consequences, response action, investigation findings, prevention safeguards, mitigation methods, corrective recommendations and lesson learned?

How about having a focal point, dedicated for ammonia, urea, nitric acid, NKP and methanol technologies which we can access and narrow down the search for incidents and troubleshooting based on: plant section, main equipment, sub-main equipment, operation phase, process stream, parameters, etc.?

Working in operation, commissioning, turnaround and start-up of ammonia and urea projects we often feel the need of such library. have initiated a program,, dedicated to fertilizer industry with the purpose to monitor known risks, evaluate the effectiveness of deployed mitigations, and detect emerging risks. This program relies on various data and information sources across fertilizer industry, including anonymously de-identified data provided by our members.

We developed our own software and built the database on the cloud platform. The software allows us to evaluate the level of risk for each case and generate various type of reports giving engineers a better understanding of incidents.

This paper details how the fertilizer manufacturers can benefit from this tool in their daily operation and how monthly updates and reports from risk registers make an impact on their process safety and Operational Excellence program. From highlights of critical trends to anticipated operational challenges at specific plant units, this online tool enhances safety in operation, plant availability and improves project delivery.

Furthermore, to enhance operational excellence programs in the fertilizer industry, and use incidents data to improve the quality of guidelines and procedures by updating specific sections and chapters with lessons learned to prevent such incidents to occur in the future.

The paper describes several case studies at various plants including the results that would be realized by applying FIORDA.

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