Plant history

According to "Trends of development of national economy of the USSR for 1959–1969", Council of Ministers of the USSR approved for the next seven years the list of the largest constructions of the country where Belarus fertilizer factory (АТZ) was included.

In October, 1960 the building of temporary auxiliary structures was begun, and in a year — the management of the factory under construction was formed. Initially, it was foreseen to create the production of ammonia (capacity 167 thousand tons a year), weak nitric acid (240 thousand tons), urea (70 thousand tons) and ammonium nitrate (313 thousand tons).

In January, 1965 the 1st lines of plants Ammonia-1 and Urea-1 were put into operation, and in two years (in January, 1967) the second line of plant Ammonia-1 was also put into operation.

The second stage of development of the enterprise included the construction of the 2nd stage of ammonia production  (March, 1970), urea (June, 1971) and caprolactam-1 production (April, 1970).

In October, 1970 Grodno fertilizer factory was transformed to Grodno chemical complex named after S. O. Pritytsky, and in May, 1975 chemical complex was transformed to Grodno production association "Azot" named after S. O. Pritytsky.

The third stage of development is connected with the construction of high-capacity plants for ammonia production (May, 1979) and urea (October, 1979) in greater degree supplied with modern computerised equipment, than constructed before productions.

In November, 1981 caprolactam production 2nd stage was started up.

In April, 1985 plant Ammonia-4 with designed capacity of 450 thousand tons a year was put into operation.

In June, 1986 plant Urea-4 with capacity of 330 thousand tons a year was put in operation.

In July, 1992 instead of the production of prilled urea was started the production of urea solution used for manufacture of liquid nitrogen based fertilizers (UAN).

In December, 1993 instead of ammonium nitrate production the production of UAN was started.

In August, 1994 the production of crystalline hydroxyl ammonium sulphate was adjusted.

In July, 1996 on the basis of the ammonia-2 plant was organized the production of methanol-raw.

In December, 1998 according to a government program of import substitution methanol-raw plant was reoriented to rectified methanol production with the capacity of 45000 tons a year.

In August, 2000 Grodno production association "Azot" was transformed to Grodno industrial republican unitary enterprise "GPO Azot" and in two years — to joint-stock company "Grodno Azot".

Since October, 2007 the enterprise manufactures mixed fuel bio diesel – methyl ethers of fat acids of rapeseed oil.

In June, 2008 the installation for production of carbonic acid of the first-rate quality with capacity 24 thousand tons a year was put into operation.

In November, 2008 gas turbine power station with the capacity 16 МW was started up and since September 2009 the second similar gas turbine power station is in operation.

June, 2010 — cyclohexanone oxidation unit of caprolacram production 1st stage was put into operation.

November, 2010 — as a result of reconstruction of urea-3 plant, along with prilled urea the production of granular urea was started up.

Today JSC "Grodno Azot" is among the largest chemical enterprises of the country forming a basis of its petrochemical complex.

Within the last years the enterprise works steadily, carrying out and exceeding all the basic predictive indices. Its production outstands by guaranteed high quality, good demand both on domestic and on world the markets. Trade mark "Grodno Azot" has the international recognition and is registered in many countries.

Thanks to constant and systematic work on modernization of operating plants and units, output of "Azot"'s main products for 03.02.2016 was:

  • liquid ammonia for technical use (1,065.9 thousand  tons a year);
  • urea (1,011 thousand tons a year);
  • UAN (liquid nitric fertilizer) (720 thousand tons a year);
  • ammonium sulphate (400 thousand tons a year);
  • methanol for technical use (80 thousand tons a year);
  • caprolactam (140.0 thousand tons a year);
  • hydroxylaminsulphate crystalline (3.3 thousand tons a year);
  • methyl ethers of fat acids (biofuel) (30 thousand tons a year);
  • carbonic acid highest grade (24 thousand tons a year).
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