MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shriram Fertilizers & Chemicals (SFC), a unit of DCM Shriram Ltd. and the third largest chlor-alkali producer in India, will use Topsoe’s ClearView solution for digitalizing its ammonia plant, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
The digital platform will expectedly be operational by early 2022.
“We are proud that DCM Shriram Ltd’s has chosen our ClearView solution for this innovative project to digitalize its ammonia plant operations at the Kota complex. ClearView monitors the plant digitally in near real-time and generates a new level of detailed insights that enables our customers like SFC to optimize plant performance on a continuous basis,” said Alok Verma, Managing Director, Haldor Topsoe Southern Asia.
DCM Shriram’s ammonia plant at Kota is the first ammonia plant in India completely based on Topsoe technology. For almost half a century, the plant has kept itself at the cutting edge of ammonia technology via successful adoption of technological advancements and practices to improve on-stream days, energy efficiency, and low carbon feedstock changeover from Naphtha to natural gas. Digitalization via ClearView is the next step in that pioneering journey.
As MRC reported earlier, in June 2016, DCM Shriram notified the Bombay Stock Exchange that it expected to complete a chlor-alkali capacity expansion at its facilities in Bharuch and Kota, India, by September or October that year. At Bharuch, chlor-alkali capacity was increased by 499 t/d to a total of 949 t/d. DCM Shriram had already commissioned 420 t/d of the new chlor-alkali capacity on 14 June 2016. Chlor-alkali capacity at Kota was raised by 6 t/d to a total of 336 t/d. The company is also expanding the power plant at both locations. Total investment for the projects was Rs 607.20 crore. "The brownfield expansion and technology upgradation will strengthen our competitiveness and industry position," the company said then.
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