Chemical Fertilizer Manufacturing


Who should attend?

  • This course brings technical information on the characteristics and the manufacturing of chemical fertilizers.
Public :
  • Everybody working in the chemical industry or in the field of chemical fertilizers.
  • Young engineers and beginners in the field of the fertilizers industry.
  • Staff from subcontractors and service companies involved in the manufacturing of these compounds (laboratory, maintenance…).

Level : Discovery

Course Content


      • Main and secondary fertilizers.
      • Various types of fertilizers: simple, mixed, complex.
      • Various states of fertilizers: solids, solutions, suspension.
      • Composition and formula of the various complex fertilizers.
      • Evolution of the fertilizer markets.
      • Main production routes.

      • Ammonia synthesis:
      • Synthesis gas production from hydrocarbon steam reforming.
      • Ammonia synthesis loop.
      • Urea production:
      • Characteristics of urea synthesis. Various processes.
      • Example of industrial implementation.
      • Nitric acid and ammonitrate production:
      • Main process steps. Schemes and operating conditions. Catalysts.
      • Constraints: corrosion, environment.
      • Properties and risks related to the products.
      • Sulfuric acid production:
      • Main steps of the process. Scheme and operating conditions.
      • Simple and double absorption processes.
      • Specific constraints of the processes: metallurgy, pollution, risks.
      • Phosphoric acid and superphosphates production:
      • Characteristics of natural phosphates. Properties of the final products.
      • Manufacture of the simple or of the phosphoric acid by sulfuric attack of the phosphates.
      • Manufacture of the triple by phosphoric attack of the phosphates.
      • Main steps and processes schemes.
      • Operating conditions - Specific equipment - Risks.
      • Complex of the fertilizer production:
      • Raw materials. Product formulations. Generalities on the processes.
      • Risks: decomposition, pollution.
      • Various types of processing units. Comparison of principles and performances.

      • Visualization of the main equipment.
      • Operation and main operating conditions.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • define the different families of chemical fertilizers, their markets and the structure of the production chains,
  • recognize the industrial operating conditions of the process units for the production of solid fertilizers and their intermediates,
  • identify the risks related to the various production units,
  • understand the interconnection between the production units.

Ways & Means

  • The content of this course can be adapted to the customer's needs. The pedagogy is focused on the units concerned, under cover of a secrecy agreement if necessary.
  • Specific documentation designed to be used as a reference after the course.
  • Possible contribution of experienced staff in the daily operation of the plant.
To French entities : IFP Training is QUALIOPI certified ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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