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Ammonia and Urea Plant, Bolivia

Constant communication and collaboration with the customer guaranteed maximally effective equipment use and complete safety throughout the entire project.

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Description

The construction of this new ammonia and urea plant represents the largest investment ever made in the history of Bolivia. It is an enormous structure intended to meet the entire domestic demand for fertilizer.

The plant is anticipated to reach an annual production of 756,000 tonnes of the raw materials essential to improving crops, increasing soil productivity, and recuperating depleted land.

ULMA Solution

A project of this size requires technologically sophisticated products as well as the material provisions and response capacity sufficient to satisfy customer needs. A large quantity of equipment was required, reaching more than 1,400 tonnes by mid-project; this material was subsequently reused in various structures throughout the remaining half of the project.

Composed of tonnes of piping and metal structures, specialised solutions were practically a requirement. ULMA supplied a variety of solutions for the assembly and placement of tubing and mechanical systems, as well as equipment lifting and transport.

The BRIO system demonstrated its full range of capacities in this project: the flexibility to adapt to any geometry, stability in any application required, and rigidity in all of its structural configurations. BRIO was implemented in a multitude of ways, including working platforms, shoring, access stairways, and suspended scaffolding when ground support was impossible.

The walls, columns, and friezes of the refrigeration tower, with a surface area of more than 1,870 m2, were constructed using modular COMAIN formwork. The average floor height of 16.40 m required the modular and fully configurable BRIO shoring system. The ENKOFLEX beam system was used as formwork for the 0.20 m thick slabs.