2018 IFS Technical Conference was enjoyed by all

This year’s event was held at the Crop Research Institute, Prague, Czech Republic. A total of eleven presentations were made.

These covered a variety of topics including a range of innovative developments relating to nitrogenous fertiliser production, forecasts of rock phosphate availability, rapid screening of CRFs, why excellent safety companies still experience catastrophic accidents, a new approach to de-dusting in a CAN plant, and an overview of fertiliser blending technologies.

The delegates enjoyed and appreciated the distinctive type of discussions and networking that occurs with the mix of engineers, plant managers, plant designers, consultants and researchers who attend IFS Conferences. The complimentary guided walking tours of the old city of Prague worked well, aided by the unseasonally warm weather.  However it is possible that the highlight was the Conference Dinner, held on the open air riverbank veranda of the excellent Hergetova Cihelna restaurant, with its views of the old city and the Charles Bridge.

The presentations at this year’s Conference are listed below. Summaries of the written papers are available here. The Proceedings can be purchased via this website for £12.50. IFS Members can access both the full written papers and presentation charts for free.

Elio Strepparola, Casale S A, Switzerland
Opportunities created by the innovative revamping of a methanol plant

Branislav Brežný, VUCHT a.s., Slovakia
Construction of a calcium nitrate plant in the Czech Republic

Paz Munoz, Stamicarbon, Netherlands
Dual pressure nitric acid technology with high energy recovery

Christian Renk, Thyssenkrupp, Germany
Granulated ammonium sulphate from dilute solutions: a new process

Michal Baji, Lovochemie A.S., Czech Republic
Wet electrostatic precipitator (WESP) de-dusting for an CAN plant

Thomas Henry, Prayon Technologies, Belgium
New approaches to improving the quality of phosphoric acid

Aida Idrissi Kaitouni, Argus Media Ltd., United Kingdom
Reassessment of the quality and reserves of phosphate rock

Mike McLaughlin, University of Adelaide, Australia
Rapid screening of controlled release fertilisers 

Laurent Ruhlmann, Yara International A S, Norway
A management of change trap: why do companies with strong process safety records still have accidents? 

Peter Scott, Origin Fertilisers (UK) Ltd., United Kingdom
Evaluation of fertiliser blending technologies and progress in ensuring product consistency 

Antoine Hoxha, Fertilizers Europe, Belgium
New EU Fertilizer Regulation: Circular economy and green house gas emissions