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2019 Dhalia Greidinger symposium
4 Mar 2019 - 6 Mar 2019
2019 World Sulphur Symposium
15 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2019
2019 IFS Technical Conference
4 Jun 2019 - 5 Jun 2019
2019 IFS Agronomic Conference
12 Dec 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
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2019 IFS Technical Conference

4 Jun 2019 - 5 Jun 2019

les ateliers des tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium

The IFS Technical Conference continues on its travels around Europe.  In 2019 it will be held in the centre of Brussels, close the Bruxelles Midi train station.

The conference will run from lunch on Tuesday 4 June until lunch on Wednesday 5 June, with four papers on the 4th, and five on the 5th.  The usual Conference dinner will be held on the evening of the 4th.  Therefore delegates from within Europe will be able to benefit from the standard IFS provision of information and networking, whilst only needing to be away for one night.

The conference programme is shown below; further abstracts will be added as they are received.


Tuesday 4 June

Optimising the conversion of calcium nitrate within nitrophosphate operations, without the need for capex

Haseeb Hayat, Fatima Fertiliser Company, Pakistan


Innovative use of thermal imaging to identify flow problems in an AN neutraliser

Rodrigo Dias Concalves, Yara Brazil (to be confirmed)


The principles and applications of a directory of urea safety incidents, with case studies

Mark Brouwer,

 In 2018, and introduced FIORDA to the fertiliser industry: The Fertilizer Industry Operational Risks Database, a cloud based global set of risk registers for ammonia and urea plants ( FIORDA is  a database for fertiliser manufacturers developed by an independent group of engineers and members of and

FIORDA's mission is to improve safety and reliability performance of fertiliser plants by collecting and exchanging process safety data among the participating companies and acting as focal point for co-ordination and management of process safety data collection within the fertiliser industry.

FIORDA has developed a structured database extracting data from process safety incidents, lesson learned, members projects experience covering a variety of geographic areas, plants, equipment types and operating conditions. The FIORDA data are stored in a database available for our member companies and contractors working on their behalf.

The necessity of such information database comes from three basic needs: Safety in operation, Plant integrity and Production availability.

Ensuring high level of process safety knowledge and understanding is paramount to safe and reliable operations in the fertiliser industry. FIORDA has collected data to determine the causes, the consequence, the type and level of risk, and the likelihood of such failures. Recommendations for each case are provided to help operators to better understand the path to secure a safe and reliable operation. A query among the fertiliser industries shows that the need for such data is high. 

FIORDA helps operators to better understand the risks within their plants by providing examples from various case studies and reduce operational costs through the application of process know-how and process safety data.

Generally, process safety is associated with engineering design studies. However, in the last decade such data have been given increased attention for use also in the operating phase.

With thousands of lessons learned, cases and examples thoroughly documented, the FIORDA database is a valuable tool for fertiliser manufacturers who wish to be up to date and compliant with EU and international legislation. The paper will include several case studies to illustrate the above.


The production, use and benefits of decarbonised ammonia

Rob Stevens, Yara International


Wednesday 5 June 

SHE experiences with acquisitions and integration - what to look out for

Jan-Petter Fossum, Yara International


Risks posed to the fertiliser industry from cyber-attacks, and how to guard against them

Simon Poppe, Allia Insurance Brokers n.v/s.a

This presentation will cover four aspects of cyber attacks and their consequences.  Firstly, the types of cyber risk threats, including malicious attacks (with examples provided), human error (with examples provided), risks stemming from regulation (such as GDPR), and fraud. The second aspect covered will be the possible loss, that makes cyber risk management unavoidable. This will include loss statistics, business interruption, Third party liability and incident response. Third will be cyber insurance policy coverage - does this provide added value, and what can be covered. The fourth aspect covered will be that of risk assessment.


Realising Phosphorus Recycling  - Plant scale trials using recycled P material and their indications for future potential

Sabrina Brandjes and Mark Boontjes, ICL Group

In June we will present our findings on the implementation of phosphorus recycling at the ICL plant in Amsterdam. We will discuss the problems encountered in the past using sewage sludge ashes (SSA) on a large scale. From those results, decisions were made to build an installation that allows us to easily use SSA with additional calcium carbonate in the traditional acidulation process.

However, the amount of SSA that we can process is still limited. To increase these amounts in the future, laboratory research has been conducted. Therefore, we will discuss the different challenges that we still have to increase the amount of sewage sludge ashes that we can process. Also, we will outline our vision on the future of secondary phosphorus in Europe as the EU continues to implement stricter legislation on heavy metal concentrations in fertilizers and continues to push towards the recycling of nutrients in general.


Lessons from a P-recycling pilot plant to improve the crop nutrition value of biosolids

Eva Opitz, Extraphos and Rainer Schnee, Budenheim


The practical impact of the new EU Fertilizer Regulation

Antoine Hoxha, Fertilizers Europe