THE groundbreaking for the construction of the country’s first fertiliser production facility marks a major milestone for both Brunei Fertilizer Industries (BFI) and Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (tkIS), said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of tkIS Brunei Joerg Schiemann.
In his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony held at the Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK) in Kuala Belait yesterday, he also noted that the construction of the facility also represents an opportunity for tkIS to team up with BFI to realise His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s vision to diversify the Sultanate’s economy.
“Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is honoured to have the opportunity to work and team up with the people of Brunei in this endeavour, and we look forward to working over the course of three years to fully realise this project and beyond and mark this occasion in both of our history books,” he added.
This sentiment was shared by CEO of the Fertilizer and Syngas Technologies Business Unit at tkIS Ralf Richmann.
He said that tkIS is proud to work with BFI to realise the state-of-the-art fertiliser production facility which will help support the country’s transformation into a diversified industrial economy.
“This fertiliser project is the start of a new era of sustainable fertiliser production in Brunei which will further strengthen the country’s key industry – oil and gas,” he noted, adding that Brunei’s position as one of the largest producers and exporters of natural gas will help the facility operate efficiently.
He also said that the fertiliser plant in Brunei is one of the largest facilities Thyssenkrupp has built in Asia, and once completed, the fully-integrated complex will comprise an ammonia plant and urea plant, which will produce 2,200 tonnes of ammonia and 3,900 tonnes of urea, respectively.
“Both ammonia and urea are high-quality nitrogen fertilisers, essential nutrients for plant growth and therefore key to sustainable agriculture,” he noted.
He expressed pleasure in seeing how Brunei is committed to innovation and how new technologies are being promoted, adopted and implemented.
“The Brunei Government is hard at work to develop new economic opportunities and create better employment opportunities for its people. As such, Thyssenkrupp is committed to partner with Brunei in the journey by bringing in more than 90 years of expertise and technologies to realise the visionary project and provide support in accelerating the nation’s economic growth in a sustainable way.
“Brunei Fertilizer Industries and Thyssenkrupp will continue to work closely together to achieve our common goal that this plant starts in time, and BFI becomes an important high-quality nitrogen fertiliser exporter,” he concluded.
Brunei Fertilizer Industries Sdn Bhd (BFI) is a world class manufacturer for high quality urea granular fertiliser situated in Brunei Darussalam. BFI’s state of the art facility has a production capacity of 1,365,000MT of UREA per year making it one of the largest fertiliser plants in the Southeast Asia region.