Vacon case study: Improving process control at Arab Potash Company

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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: VaconGroup

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Arab Potash Company (APC) is a major producer of potash, an essential mineral used for example in fertilizers. APC’s plant in Ghor Al Safi, approximately 110 km south of Amman in Jordan, has been extended several times to increase and optimize production. VACON® AC drives have been used at the site since 2006 to control pumps and process equipment. The business relationship is growing continuously.

VACON CASE STUDY IMPROVING PROCESS CONTROL AT ARAB POTASH COMPANY IMPROVING PROCESS CONTROL AT ARAB POTASH COMPANY Photo courtesy of Arab PotashEurope Photo courtesy of STX Company CLIENT NAME: Arab Potash Company SEGMENT: Minerals PRODUCTS USED: VACON® NXC, VACON® NXP, VACON® NXS LOCATION: Ghor Al Safi, Jordan 1 www.vacon.com

VACON CASE STUDY IMPROVING PROCESS CONTROL AT ARAB POTASH COMPANY KEY FACTS OF CLIENT: • Potash refers to potassium (K) bearing minerals and chemicals. • The Arab Potash company (APC) sells potash to more than 30 countries. 40-45% of sales go to India, world’s largest importer of fertilizers. • APC’s Ghor Al Safi site is located 110 km south of Amman in Jordan. The site uses a solar evaporation system with an area of 150 km² and ore processing plants. 2 www.vacon.com

VACON CASE STUDY IMPROVING PROCESS CONTROL AT ARAB POTASH COMPANY CHALLENGE: • Production at Ghor Al Safi began in 1983 with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons. APC produced 1.8 million tons of potash in 2012 and aims to increase capacity to 2.5 million tons. • To achieve this APC has upgraded its existing production lines and built new ones, including a cold crystallization plant. 3 www.vacon.com

VACON CASE STUDY IMPROVING PROCESS CONTROL AT ARAB POTASH COMPANY SOLUTION: • APC replaced AC drives supplied in 1990s by another manufacturer with VACON® AC drives, mostly to control pumps and other process equipment. • Vacon supplied VACON® NXC, VACON® NXP and VACON® NXS drives with power ranging from 2.2 kW to 710 kW, 400 V and 690 V and an approximate installed power of 26 MW in IP54 enclosures. • Pump control with VACON® AC drives reduces energy consumption by 20%. 4 www.vacon.com

VACON CASE STUDY IMPROVING PROCESS CONTROL AT ARAB POTASH COMPANY TESTIMONIAL: “We have been working with Vacon for the past 15 years and are pleased to say that this long-term partnership has resulted in having loyal customers such as APC, which has approved Vacon as their variable speed AC drives (VFD) supplier.” Mohammad Y. Khader General Manager of Yones Khader Trading, Vacon’s long term partner in Jordan FOR FULL STORY: http://www.vacon.com/Vacon/media/Media-Viewer/?pageId=9192&language=en-US 5 www.vacon.com

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