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KBR fully commissions ammonia plant in Sulawesi

Donggi Senoro LNG plant (Image credit : DSLNG))

JAKARTA ( – Technology company KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) has fully commissioned its first PurifierPlus™ ammonia process based greenfield plant owned by PT Panca Amara Utama (PAU) in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

KBR’s new PurifierPlus™ ammonia process provides plant owners with an energy efficient, low installed cost and reliable ammonia technology with enhanced environmental compliance.

The total installed cost of the PurifierPlus™ technology is typical 10-15% less than other technologies and it allows for a smaller plot plan footprint, achieving a 25%-35% reduction compared to a conventional ammonia plant.

In addition to PurifierPlus™ technology, KBR is also providing its proprietary Ammonia InSite® digitalization technology, which maximizes operational performance and profitability of ammonia plants with five applications.

The applications focused on production management, energy efficiency, maintenance, reliability, and environmental compliance. The online real-time system includes performance diagnostics and analytics, benchmarking, the predictability of outcomes, and prevention of unplanned downtime, along with support from KBR experts.

“I am pleased to announce that the first PurifierPlus™ based greenfield project has been successfully commissioned at PAU and is currently operating at 110% of design capacity,” said John Derbyshire, KBR President, Technology.

“The compact plant design and the InSite system provide additional cost and performance benefits making it a highly attractive technology solution for our clients,” he noted.

PT Panca Amara Utama (PAU) has set up this 700,000 metric tons per annum (MTPA) capacity greenfield ammonia plant in Batui District, Banggai Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The plant receives gas from the Donggi-Senoro LNG plant.

The project represents a commitment to prioritize local manufacturing to convert the country’s natural resources into industrial products, and support the development of the manufacturing sector in Eastern Indonesia. PAU will be the first ammonia plant in Sulawesi and the second privately-owned plant in Indonesia.

Ammonia Plant

Ammonia is the raw material for fertilizer and other chemical products such as DAP, NPK, Nitric Acid, Caprolaciam, Acrylonitrile and Amines.

Panca Amara has earlier entered into an extendable 13-year gas supply contract with Donggi Senoro from 2015 to 2027. Donggi Senoro gas fields have agreed to allocate 55 million metric standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of natural gas to Panca Amara Utama, 250 MMSCFD to PT Donggi Senoro LNG (DSLNG), a private sector liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer located adjacent to the proposed Panca Amara’s site, and about 5 MMSCFD to PLN, the state-owned electric company.

DSLNG is the anchor plant of the Donggi Senoro gas fields. The natural gas will be supplied from neighbouring DSLNG and thus a gas pipeline will not be required. There will be only one or two ships that dock at the jetty per week for ammonia transportation.

Panca Amara develop the ammonia plant complex on around 200 hectares of land. During the first phase, the company will develop facilities on 25 hectares of land. Later on, it plans to develop downstream ammonia products. (*)

Written by Staff Writer

Edited by Roffie Kurniawan (email:

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