NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF SHCHEKINOAZOT BORIS A. SOKOL[28.12.2019]
Dear colleagues, partners, and friends,
Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!
We always wait for this bright holiday filled with an atmosphere of joy and happiness, hopes for a better future, and the fulfillment of our cherished dreams. Traditionally, we celebrate the New Year with our dearest ones — our family, relatives, and friends. We sum up the results of the past year, analyze the things it has brought us, and the experience we have gained. We plan for the future, set personal and professional goals and objectives.
After the fruitful and remarkable year of 2018, when the Shchekinoazot company implemented as many as four large-scale investment projects (the methanol-ammonia complex M-450/A-135, sulfuric acid SK-200 and perfume quality dimethyl ether production units, as well as new waste treatment facilities), we have immediately moved to the next stage of our plant’s development, which determines its success, stable economic growth, and a rightful place at the national and international markets of chemical industry products.
The outgoing 2019 has become a year of new production facilities — the nitric acid and ammonium nitrate AK-270/AS-340 production unit, as well as the third methanol production unit with a capacity of 500,000 tons per year, which will allow the company to become one of the largest methanol producers in Russia and Europe. The launch of the methanol-500 production facility will allow Shchekinoazot to produce up to 1.5 million tons of methanol per year. Today, facility construction is well underway. The total cost of the project is 22 billion rubles.
Another important project we are also working on is the construction of facilities for the production of ammonia and carbamide with a planned capacity of 525,000 and 700,000 tons per year, respectively. This will allow Shchekinoazot to fill a niche at the global mineral fertilizers market. Ammonia will be produced using the HALDOR TOPSOE technology (Denmark), while carbamide — using the STAMICARBON technology (the Netherlands).
Up to 40 billion rubles are planned to be invested in the ammonia-carbamide investment project, which alone will create 400 new jobs.
In summer 2019, Shchekinoazot put into operation a perfume quality dimethyl ether production unit (DME Aerosol), which was built as a joint venture with a well-known European group of companies, PCC SE. We have launched a fundamentally new technology: instead of purification of waste resulting from methanol production, we have started using a scheme of methanol dehydration in the reactor with its subsequent purification and bringing to a perfume’s quality.
Until recently, no perfume quality dimethyl ether was produced in our country, and all purchases were made abroad. National manufacturers of perfumery products and cosmetics are gradually switching over to the use of DME Aerosol’s product, whose licensor firm — PCC SE — ranks high in the business world.
In September 2019, representatives of the two companies presented the product to a wide range of potential buyers.
The appearance of the plant is also changing. The long-term project on dismantling decommissioned buildings and structures is carried out concurrently with the implementation of investment projects on the cleared sites. The territories are being cleared for the future construction of new production units.
In addition to investment projects, the company fulfills the plant’s capital construction and production upgrade plans. The total cost of the plant’s programs alone is 600 million rubles.
The year 2019 has also been marked by a number of important business agreements on the company’s development projects, including financial ones, which were concluded at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi and at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
We also pay special attention to the development of a social sphere in the region and the improvement of chemists’ and their families’ quality of life. We always take care of the region and its citizens.
Shchekinoazot is implementing a large social program in the Tula Region. The company has improved the Platonovsky Park in Tula. Besides, it has helped the Shchekino High School open a new chemistry class with a modern laboratory. The company funded the repair works, as well as equipment purchase and installation.
Among Shchekinoazot gifts to the region is a new combat sports gym. The cost of the reconstruction is 24 million rubles. The company will also sponsor the construction of an Ice Palace in Shchekino. Construction works have already been started, and there will be a new modern sports facility in several years.
...We see 2019 off with a sense of gratitude, appreciation and clear understanding that a new year will not be easy, and it will not give us a chance to ease up. Now is not the time for self-complacence. We will move forward to achieving our goals by overcoming difficulties and circumstances, relying on our professionalism, responsibility, balanced decisions and approaches.
We are really happy that we have found reliable and loyal partners with whom we will continue mutually beneficial cooperation in the future! And I thank each and every one – officers and heads of government authorities, ministries, and departments; directors and specialists of companies, financial institutions, contracting agencies, and supplier companies; our consumers – for the support as your work and constant care have helped us achieve success.
I thank our team for their honest and hard work, professionalism and commitment to the creation of great products! Let the difficulties make us even more united and strong, let the victories not turn our heads, but lead to new horizons!
I think we should believe in ourselves and be sure we will be able to implement all our plans and ideas, make our life better and more interesting, and make Russia stronger and more prosperous!
I wish you wellbeing, health, and optimism! Let your homes be warm and cozy! Let the everyday joy of creativity and creation for the future be a guiding thread in your professional activity! Let there be more great events and interesting meetings! Let peace and goodness be with you!
President of Shchekinoazot B. A. Sokol