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KBR Signs Alliance Agreement with Johnson Matthey to License Ammonia-Methanol Process; Doug Kelly, John Gordon Quoted

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Doug Kelly
Doug Kelly President of Technology for KBR

KBR and Johnson Matthey (JM) have signed an alliance agreement to license an ammonia-methanol co-production process that will merge the companies’ ammonia and methanol technologies, KBR reported on Tuesday.

"I am excited to announce the alliance agreement combining market leading technologies from KBR and JM into a new offering for our clients," said Doug Kelly, KBR president, Technology Solutions. "KBR's ammonia technology is known for its lowest energy consumption resulting in reduced carbon footprint, highest reliability and safety and outstanding financial performance."

KBR will integrate its proprietary PURIFIER ammonia process with JM's methanol process. KBR's ammonia technology and JM's methanol technology are rooted in a long history, deep experience, continuous improvements and leading-edge performance. 

The co-production of methanol and ammonia in a single plant will offer reduced capital expenditures (CAPEX) and lower operating expenses (OPEX). The KBR and JM co-production process will foster synergies between the two processes, maximizing the savings in CAPEX and OPEX while offering the highest levels of safety, flexibility and reliability.

"This strategic agreement is a powerful combination that provides our customers a comprehensive solution for enhanced asset optimization, cost savings and reduced environmental impact," said John Gordon, managing director for Johnson Matthey. "Our partnership with KBR takes ammonia-methanol production to the next step with a single point license that delivers innovative operational agility to meet ever changing market demand."

JM has supplied the methanol industry with leading technology and catalysts for over 45 years and has licensed over 100 grassroots methanol plants during the current period.

KBR recently announced that Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (CFCL), Gadepan, India has successfully commissioned a new plant using KBR's PURIFIER ammonia technology, the world's most energy efficient plant per ton of ammonia produced, the company reported in April 2020. 

KBR's innovative ammonia technology is valued for its low energy usage, higher reliability and lower capital costs. Since the 1960s, KBR has licensed, engineered or constructed more than 244 ammonia plants worldwide making it the world's leading ammonia technology licensor. 

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