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October 2020

The October issue of World Fertilizer covers a wide range of topics, including sulfur, plant maintenance, catalysts, and granulation and prilling.

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Sulfur-ing Prices
Meena Chauhan, Argus Media, UK, considers the medium-term outlook for the global sulfur and sulfuric acid markets and the impact of COVID-19 on the market in 2020.

Bright, Innovative Technology
Jan Hermans, Sulphurnet, the Netherlands, explores why filter aids are increasingly being made from organic substances.

Sizing Up Savings
Mark Ferge and Matthew Lenahan, Ludman Industries, USA, explain the importance of incorporating smart technology in order to optimise granulation methods and reduce costs.

Venturing Into Vietnam
Pierre Siquet, Baconco, Vietnam, and Pascal Hervieu, Euragglo, France, highlight how auditing and upgrading compaction and granulation plants helps create a better granule quality.

Drumming Up Production
Rinat Anderzhanov, Jury Sergeev and Nickolay Shestakov, NIIK, Russia, examine emerging prilling and granulation technologies.

Steps To Success
Ron Pustjens, Stamicarbon, the Netherlands, provides a stepwise approach of revamping urea plants.

Designing for Demanding Environments
Annette van Dorp, Bungartz, Germany, analyses how high temperatures, high pressure, and highly explosive substances impact the design of pumping technologies.

Combatting Hydrogen Attack: Part 1
In the first of two parts, Chris Jones and Charles Thomas, Quest Integrity, outline the causes of high temperature hydrogen attack and potential inspection techniques that can be used.

A Guide for Mitigating Damage Mechanisms
Jeff Baker, Daniel J. Benac, and Dorothy Shaffer, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc., USA, outline a joint fertilizer industry programme designed as a resource to manage damage mechanisms and mitigation options.

Picking Up Steam
Mads Feddersen, Haldor Topsoe, Denmark, examines the development of a new catalyst series designed to enhance steam reforming operations.

Going Platinum on PGM Recovery
Robert Harvey, RS Bruce, UK, outlines best practices for both the operator and contractor when undertaking cleaning of a nitric acid plant.

Accelerating Efficiencies
Abdenour Jbili, OCP Maintenance Solutions – OCP Group, Morocco, explores how digitalisation can help improve the efficiency and reliability of plant operations.


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