RUSNANO and KuibyshevAzot Start an Energy-efficient Caprolactam Production
KuibyshevAzot finished the large-scale project for modernization of caprolactam production (used for production of nylon and nylon-based products—industrial yarn and fabrics) based on advanced technologies with the use of nanostructured catalysts. Total investments in the project, which is being implemented in cooperation with RUSNANO, amounted to RUB 9.8 bln, including the RUSNANO co-funding in the amount of RUB 1.25 bln.
RUSNANO and KuibyshevAzot start an energy-efficient caprolactam production
The Governor of the Samara Region Nikolai Merkushkin, the General Director of KuibyshevAzot JSC Alexander Gerasimenko and the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO MC Anatoly Chubais took part in the production launch ceremony.
The Dutch group Royal DSM N.V., the global leader in development and production of high-technology materials and chemicals, made a technology transfer within the framework of the project: nanostructured catalysts are used in a number of key caprolactam synthesis processes. The implementation of know-how reduced the final production cost by 12%. The RUSNANO investments allowed increasing KuibyshevAzot’s caprolactam production capacity from 190 to 210 thousand tonnes per year, and later—to 260 thousand tonnes per year.
Construction and launch of the energy-efficient caprolactam production will allow the company to grow the production of its derivatives: polyamide-6 (nylon), industrial and filament yarns, cord fabric (used to make fiber glass). The project is among the Volga Federal District priorities.
The project implementation will allow lowering the consumption of fuel gas (by 2.4 mln m3 per year) and electric energy (3.2 MW per year), as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 200 thousand tonnes per year, and incinerable wastes by 21%.
KuibyshevAzot is in the top ten of national nitrogen industry plants and is the leader of the caprolactam and polyamide-6 production in the CIS and Eastern Europe. The company also produces 5% of all Russian fertilizers. KuibyshevAzot carries out operations in two main areas: caprolactam and its derivatives (polyamide-6, industrial and filament polyamide yarns, cord fabric, engineering plastics) and ammonia and nitrogen fertilizers (carbamide, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate).
“Cooperation between RUSNANO and DSM facilitates the realization of our strategic plans on consolidation of leading positions on the caprolactam and polyamide markets and expansion of processing of these products within Russia. Utilization of nanotechnologies and technologies of leading global licensers will allow us to increase operating efficiency and competitiveness of the plant,” said the General Director of the KuibyshevAzot JSC Alexander Gerasimenko.
“I think this is a one hundred percent example of real private ownership and real technology entrepreneurship. It is a case where the owners treat their business like a real lifetime work. The work that delivers impressive results not only for the plant itself, not only for the region, but for the whole country. I honestly believe that launches of this scale are a step forward for the entire national chemical industry. And I’m simply proud that we have partners of such class. They are real partners in every sense of the word, most notably from the standpoint of competence in engineering, finances, and even simple human reliability,” noted the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO MC Anatoly Chubais.
RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of shares of JSC RUSNANO are owned by the state. Thanks to investments RUSNANO currently opened 84 factories and R&D centers in 30 regions of Russia.
Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company. Anatoly Chubais is the Chairman of its Executive Board.
Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.