Press Release – Azomures’s Grants “Academia Sighisoara” – second edition
05th April 2017
The partnership between Azomureș and the organizers of the “Sighisoara Academy” Festival continues in 2017 by an event scheduled to be held within the interval 1 – 14 August, in Sighișoara.
“Sighisoara Academy” is a two-week event organized by “Cultura Viva” Association which brings together some of the best musicians from both Romania and abroad who come to learn from renowned classical music professors. For the 2017 edition, the organizers have prepared courses for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano, clarinet, bass and a section dedicated to the study of singing.
Knowing that Mures county and especially the city of Tirgu Mures is a cultural center in the field of classical music, which is evidenced by the activity of the State Philharmonic and of the Art High School, Azomureş offers these grants covering all participation costs consequent to a selection process coordinated by representatives of the “Sighisoara Academy” Festival and of the Philharmonic in Tirgu Mures. The selection contest will be held on May 12, 2017, in the small concert hall of the Palace of Culture.
“Sighisoara Academy, a Swiss-Romanian educational cultural project with strong traditions in the Mures county is currently in its final preparation stage. We are glad to have Azomureş as a reliable partner, one which has consistently supported cultural events in the Mures county. The grants for young musicians offered by Azomureş contribute to fostering a positive educational development of the inhabitants of a county with a special human potential”, declared Alexander Gavrilov, president of ” Cultura Viva”.
Those who wish to enroll in the selection process may do so at the Art High School Secretariat in Tirgu Mures or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registration is May 5, 2017.
Azomureș Press Office
Press Release – New treatment plant for industrial waters
20th September 2016
Azomureș, Romania’s most important producer of mineral fertilizers, has successfully completed investment in a new treatment plant for industrial waters from the production platform. The general contractor of the project was Dutch company Nijhuis Industries, which specializes in such projects. The investment made by Azomureș in the industrial water treatment plant amounted to over 10 million euros and was part of the general investment plan for the period 2012 – 2015.
Feasibility and design studies started as early as 2013 and construction of the industrial water treatment plant began in the spring of 2015. The project was completed in November 2015, in accordance with construction plans. The transfer of the operating procedures to Aquaserv Tirgu Mures was completed this year and currently the industrial water treatment plant is functioning within its normal parameters.
The new industrial water treatment plant was designed, in collaboration with Aquaserv Tîrgu Mures, in such a way as to process industrial waters from different sources as well, waters produced by companies in the Cristești area.
The Azomureș wastewater treatment plant is designed to process 939 mc/h of industrial waters and it is formed of one pumping station, two biological treatment pools, two decanters, one test lab, one control panel and administrative offices.
By implementing this investment objective, Azomureș reasserts its responsible role in the operation of fertilizer production equipment, in accordance with European regulations of environment protection.
Azomureș Press Office
Press Release – “Narativ” Reading Camp, first edition
5th September 2016
In the period August 26 – September 2, the team of the “Curtea Veche” Association together with the Azomureș Company organized the Narativ Reading Camp for children in Criț village, Brașov County.
Twenty student participants aged 7-12 were selected in Tîrgu Mureș following a school contest in which the contestants were asked to express in writing the reasons why they like reading. Children of Azomureș employees, selected on the basis of their written essays, also attended the event. The children spent a whole week at Casa Kraus, in a 15thcentury-like atmosphere reminding them of the novel which they studied in the reading camp – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, retold from Victor Hugo’s novel, book appeared in the collection “Books of Childhood” at Curtea Veche Publishing.
The team prepared a varied program for the participants. The workshops led by two educators specialized in theatrical art were excellent occasions for the children to impersonate the characters from the book. Through practical activities, the children acquired information regarding the history of the epoch depicted in the novel, they practised a series of techniques belonging to the art of public speaking and improvisation and in the last day of the event, they staged a performance for their parents. As an addition to these activities, agricultural engineers shared specific information with the children, who were thus able to experience not only the joy of reading, but also the joy brought by nature, land work and the harvest this yields.
The program also included trips to visit the fortified churches of Viscri and Saschiz as well as the neighboring farms, where children learned things about agriculture and animal raising.
The “Narativ”reading camp is part of the series of social responsibility projects implemented by the Azomureș, company, many of which belong to the educational sector.
Azomureș Press Office
Press Release – Cultural event at Company of Photosensitive Materials
April 7, 2016
Azomureș brings to public attention the necessity of resuming activity on one of the most important industrial platforms of the city, the Company of Photosensitive Materials in the Unirii district of the Tîrgu Mureș city. Having been shut down in 2003, for reasons mostly related to the digital revolution, the platform can now become attractive for different investments in industry, but also for original cultural projects.
Such an event will take place on June 9, 2016, in one of the halls of the „Azo Photo” factory which was purposely restored for this occasion: a classical music concert in collaboration with the “Cultura Viva” Association, founder of the „Academia Sighișoara” Festival. Musicians from Romania and from abroad will perform in a concert whose theme is “George Enescu – Bartok Bela, Interferences”.
Among the artists we mention: Alexandru Gavrilovici – Switzerland, Andreea Duca -Spain, Stephane Giampellegrini – Luxemburg, Aurelian Bacan – Romania and the famous string quartet Arcadia – Romania.
“Cultura Viva” Association, founder of the „Academia Sighișoara” School-Festival has been supported by Azomureș as a sponsor over the last years. It is therefore natural that the opening of a new cultural space in Tîrgu Mures should be accompanied by an academic musical touch. The program of the concert to be delivered on June 9 will include musical contributions which professors from all over the world and also the elite of the Romanian musicians will present at the “Academia Sighisoara” 2016 event, between August 1-14” declared Alexandru Gavrilovici, president of the „Cultura Viva” Association.
Given the fact that the Mures county, and especially the city of Tîrgu Mureș is a cultural center of classical music, due to the activity of the State Philharmonic Orchestra and the Art Highschool, Azomureș offers its support for two talented young people to participate in the courses of the „Academia Sighișoara Festival. The grants, which cover all participation expenses, will be offered to students in the 11th and 12th grades, following a selection process coordinated by the representatives of the „Academia Sighișoara Festival and of the Tîrgu Mureș Philharmonic Orchestra. The selection contest will take place on April 15, 9 o’clock, in the Small Concert Hall of the Palace of Culture.
Azomureș Press Office
Press Release – Integrated Environmental Authorization
8th January 2016
During the last few months, the Azomureș Company has undergone the procedures of obtaining the Integrated Environmental Authorization, in accordance with the new regulations in force since the beginning of 2016. The process was completed, and the Agency for Environmental Protection has decided to issue the authorization, upon fulfillment by Azomures of all objectives imposed by national environmental authorities in accordance with the conformance plan.
The new integrated environmental authorization complies with the current requirements of European legislation regarding environment protection.
Issuance of the Integrated Environmental Authorization signifies completion of one of the most important modernization stages in the history of the plant. Starting with 2012, an investment program worth over 240 million Euros has been implemented in order to revamp and modernize equipment. The investment implied, among others, modernization of some key equipment on the platform (such as the Urea plant and the Ammonia installation) and construction of a new industrial water treatment station.
Thus, it has been insured that the production of agricultural fertilizers will continue and the company will maintain its status as a major industrial landmark for both local and national economy.
Azomureș Press Office
Press Release – The campaign “Let’s give together for Christmas”
22nd December 2015
Azomures has recently finalized one of the most important social responsibility campaigns implemented together with the employees from the fertilizer production platform.
The second edition of the campaign “Let’s give together for Christmas” took place between 19 November – 18 December 2015 and, due to the employees’ significant support, has managed to put a smile on the faces of those who cannot fully enjoy the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth because of financial difficulties or other serious family problems.
Each Azomures employee could donate any sum of money, and the collected sum was doubled by the company employers at the end of the campaign. Thus it was possible to raise an important amount of money, which was used to acquire durable goods (large household appliances – fridges, professional cooker, potato-peeling machine, laptops) and food for the following beneficiaries:
- School Center for Inclusive Education no.1 in Tirgu Mures (227 children)
- 5 families whose members are Azomures employees
- 6 economically disadvantaged families in Tirgu Mures
- 5 students in the Mures county with excellent academic results
- The Emergency Intervention Service (abuse, neglect, traffic, migration, child helpline)
- 11 cookers for the inhabitants of the social housing apartment building on Cugir street, in the Mureseni district.
Besides the Azomures employees, this campaign was supported by companies working on the Tirgu Mures platform, to which a part of the maintenance activities were outsourced.
By initiating such campaigns, Azomures reaffirms its role in the local community and appreciates the way in which the company employees have chosen to become involved in activities helping people in need.
Azomureș Press Office
Press release – Azomureş has finalized the largest investment program in the last 30 years
Tîrgu Mureș, 19 November 2015 – Azomureş celebrated completion of the largest modernization program in the last 30 years, through an event organized in Tȋrgu Mureş.
In the presence of authorities and the chemical plant’s partners, Azomureş, together with the Ameropa board, marked the beginning of a new phase with the promising perspective of better productivity, improved products and reduction of environment emissions.
The plant revamp ensures compliance with the new environmental regulations applicable from January 2016.
The investments worth 240 million € included, among others, modernization of key installations on the platform (such as the Urea plant and the Ammonia plant) and building of a new industrial water treatment station. The installations will be commissioned in December 2015. Azomureş has thus reconfirmed its valuable contribution to Romanian agriculture. In this respect, over 70% of the plant’s fertilizer production goes to the Romanian market. Moreover, the plant for the new product, granular urea, which is unique in South-Eastern Europe, has been completed.
Azomureş will continue to actively support farmers, through technical assistance and the provision of different materials, to make adequate use of fertilizers.
This year, Azomureş ended an important phase in its evolution, a phase which consolidates the plant’s role in Romanian agriculture and its position among Europe’s top-ranking chemical plants.
Azomureș Press Office
Press release – Commissioning of the filtration plant on the Azomures platform
Azomures, the most important Romanian producer of mineral fertilizers for agricultural use, has completed investment on one of the main ammonium nitrate granulation units.
Tîrgu Mureș, 03 November 2015 – Works on the new plant have been completed based on a project of Canadian company Lavalin, one of the world’s most prestigious companies in this field. The plant was set up by Romanian companies such as: Comoserv, Moldocor, Actemium and Emerson. During five months, the entire Azomures team managed to complete works on the new filtration plant – emission capture and scrubbing equipment – within the targeted deadline. The result of this investment worth 4 million Euro leads to compliance with the new environmental parameters in accordance with the European Union directives regarding environment protection.
Moreover, works on the new filtration plant for the second ammonium nitrate (fertilizer) granulation unit are 90 % completed and the plant will be commissioned shortly. Azomures has the same objective: to decrease emission level and to comply with European standards – thus becoming one of the most important landmarks on Romania’s economic map. The value of the investment rises to approximately 4.5 million Euro.
In parallel with the commissioning of new equipment in the granulation units, all the investments contained in the conformance plan imposed by European authorities are currently being finalized on the Azomures platform.
On the occasion of this accomplishment, Azomures has informed the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Police of the commissioning of new equipment.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Implementing modernization activities
On Azomures platform, the beginning of September marked the start-up for the final stage of the investment project initiated in 2012.
The urea production facility was shut down in order to perform technical overhaul and to put the new equipment into operation:
- Compressor room
- Installation for urea solution production
- Urea granulation unit
The new facilities permit the production of a new type of fertilizer, Granular Urea, which is more environment-friendly and of better quality. The technological process meets the highest standards with regard to environment protection, being one of the most modern in Europe.
The activities in two of the Ammonia production facilities have also been halted for the past few days for technical overhaul and to integrate the modernized equipment in the production flow. During the modernization process, some sources of Ammonia emissions have been eliminated. Thus, once the technological processes of the installations are resumed, the stricter environment protection regulations which are applicable starting from 1st of January 2016 will be observed.
During the technical overhaul, all three fertilizer granulation units will be shut down in different stages, in order to put into operation the equipment which facilitates the significant decrease of environment emissions. The equipment is currently being installed, according to the schedule in the conformance plan agreed with the environment protection authorities.
“All investments agreed upon in the conformance plan will be completed in order to ensure compliance with the new environment protection regulation which will be applicable from January 2016. I am convinced that we can honor the commitment which we have made to the community, that of transforming Azomures in a modern, environment-friendly facility” declared Mihai Anitei, General Manager of the plant.
During the technical overhaul, Azomures fertilizers are available for farmers via the Romanian distributors.
Azomures is the most important Romanian fertilizer producer. The supply of best-quality fertilizers as well as the constant technical assistance provided to Romanian farmers is a proof of their valuable cooperation with Azomures. Thus, the plant is a reliable partner of Romanian farmers and it brings a major contribution to the development of the agricultural sector, which is one of the main pillars of the Romanian economy. The manifested concern for sustainable development through environment protection as well as the implementation of various activities dedicated to support the community, place Azomures among the most modern and efficient fertilizer plants in Europe.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – National Chemistry Camp in Tirgu Mures
1st September 2015
Ameropa Group, with an important tradition in supporting and becoming involved in educational projects, has always encouraged and sustained initiatives dedicated to young people’s development in certain educational domains.
Following this tradition, Azomures – part of Ameropa Group – has become actively involved in the program “National Chemistry Camp” which is being organized in Tirgu-Mures these days. Olympic students from the entire country, together with their teachers, had the opportunity to visit the most important parts of the Azomures plant yesterday and interact with specialists working on the platform. The greatest attraction was the presentation of the new equipment, of the modern technology, but especially the control center of the work platform. Students were given explanations regarding the results of these new investments and the impact on the environment.
Students were able to understand the importance of the Azomures products, as they ensure the exceptional quality of agricultural products finally leading to high quality food products. The most attractive part was the explanation, based on practical examples, of the role and significance of chemistry in an industry with such an important contribution to our contemporary modern agriculture.
The experience offered by Azomures to students all over the country with a special interest in chemistry is part of the company’s policy to support education and to prepare students for a future career in chemistry. Azomures has always been acknowledged as a very good center for Chemistry graduates. At present, just like 50 years ago, graduates with the best academic results choose to come and work in the chemical plant.
The efforts of the Azomures Company constitute support and a practical addition to the projects initiated by educational authorities as they are intended to sustain applied research, the close connection between the educational system and the labor market and the preparation of future contests in the chemical domain.
In the future, Azomures will continue the Ameropa tradition and is strongly committed to supporting and initiating educational programs which will develop children’s and young people’s skills in various areas of interest.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Granular Urea
1st September 2015
The development of local agriculture by providing high-quality fertilizers is one of the top priorities assumed by Azomures, the most important Romanian fertilizer producer.
In November 2015, the new GRANULAR UREA production installation will start-up, turning Azomures into the only producer of this type of fertilizer in South-Eastern Europe. Azomures will offer farmers a NEW product with substantially improved granulation, which is also an environment-friendly fertilizer. In the range of Nitrogen-based fertilizers, GRANULAR UREA stands out as the fertilizer with the highest Nitrogen (N) content, 46%.
Among the advantages of GRANULAR UREA the following should be mentioned:
- Uniform granulation
- Compact, bigger and denser granules
- The new granulation system prevents Nitrogen (N) loss into the atmosphere; the Nitrogen (N) is captured, transformed into ammoniacal nitrogen and provided to plants.
- The higher density combined with the smoother surface, result in slower solubility, increasing the Nitrogen (N) recovery rate.
- GRANULAR UREA acts as a neutral substance in the soil-plant system (pH – approximately 7)
- Application precision and application width are increased by up to 50 % compared to prilled urea
- The increased resistance to crushing provides storage and handling of the product without causing dust
- The machinery workload is reduced, as they cover a larger spreading area, even under adverse weather conditions.
GRANULAR UREA does not fall into the category of fertilizers requiring transportation restrictions, therefore reducing storage and handling costs.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Investment inauguration event, November 2015
25th August 2015
On November 2015, Azomures will celebrate completion of the amplest modernization process in its recent history by a special event organized in Tirgu Mures. Local and central authorities, members of the local community, company partners and mass media will be invited to attend the event.
The investments have reached the amount of 240 million Euro and their effect is a decrease of emissions in the environment, the increase of production capacity and also an improved quality of the final product.
Among other objectives, the project consisted of modernizing the Urea production unit, of the Ammonia III and Ammonia IV plants and building a new industrial water treatment facility. The new installations and the modernized ones will be put into operation in December 2015. The upgrades performed at the enterprise ensure compliance with the new environmental standards applicable from January 2016.
In only 3 years, since 2013 to 2015, the Azomures stockholder, Ameropa, has made an investment 6 times bigger than all the investments made over a period of 14 years by the previous owner.. Following Ameropa international policy, Azomures integrates economic and social objectives as part of our business strategy, with the intent of promoting sustainable development.
Azomures has benefited from the support and trust of the state authorities and of one of the most important partners, the local community. Thus, the modernization program is taking place according to the plan, producing long-term benefits in terms of local and national economy.
Azomures is the most important Romanian fertilizer producer. The supply of best-quality fertilizers as well as the constant technical assistance provided to Romanian farmers is a proof of their valuable cooperation with Azomures. Thus, the plant is a reliable partner of Romanian farmers and it brings a major contribution to the development of the agricultural sector, which is one of the main pillars of the Romanian economy.
The manifested concern for sustainable development through environment protection as well as the implementation of various activities dedicated to support the community, place Azomures among the most modern and efficient fertilizer plants in Europe.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Information for the community
13th August 2015
The Azomures stockholder, the Swiss company Ameropa and the Azomures executive management team, respects every citizen’s right to express a point of view on a situation in their community. The Azomures stockolder is familiar with the activity on the Tirgu Mures platform and reassures the population and the local authorities that it observes the conformance plan required by the Romanian authorities to prepare the equipment in Azomures for the date of January 1, 2016 when stricter environmental protection regulation will apply.
Ameropa started the most extensive investment program of the last 30 years in the spring of 2012, when the Romanian state issued the license of operation, which constituted the guarantee that the company had the time required to upgrade facilities in Tirgu Mures.
Over 240 million Euro have been allocated and very important steps have been taken, while the conformance plan required by the environmental authorities is strictly observed. The periodic checks by the competent authorities have confirmed progress in this respect. Unfortunately, due to certain promises that were not fulfilled in the period when Azomures had different stockholders, we now lack the necessary credibility from the population that things can actually change. The effects of these investments will be perceived once the facilities are put into operation.
Efforts are currently being made to have the present non-modernized industrial facilities operate within the limits of the integrated environment license. The only discrepancy in the normal operating process is the occasional exceedance of ammonia emission in the vicinity of the platform.
By the end of the year, the new industrial facilities will have been put into operation, so that the Azomures activity will be able to continue in safe conditions for the environment after 1st January 2016.
Azomures will guarantee safe economic conditions for the community in Tirgu Mures in the coming years. These conditions will also be beneficial to the national economy, as Romanian farmers will be provided with high quality fertilizers at reasonable prices, that result in rich crops which are then turned into food products for Romanians, including the Tirgu Mures community.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Application of controlled shutdown procedures
17th July 2015
The production of mineral fertilizers on the Azomures platform returned to normal after the unexpected event generated by a power failure on 15th July, 2015, at 16:22.
The current variation caused by the failure of the high-voltage substation TRAFO 1 Electrica imposed the implementation of standard emergency shutdown procedures for the facilities on the platform. The shutdown was conducted according to the standard procedure in a few minutes, after the interruption of electricity supply and it did not imply any danger to the population, the employees from the platform or for the functioning equipment.
Once the electricity supply was resumed, at 17.00, the standard procedure of restarting the equipment was initiated. The procedure lasted for several hours.
During the shutdown procedure, pollutant emissions were local and normal under such circumstances. The automatic analyzers of Azomures and those of the Mures County Environmental Protection Agency recorded no exceedance of the maximum admitted ammonia concentration in the air.
The accidental shutdown of the equipment was communicated, according to procedures, to the Environmental Protection Agency and to the National Environmental Guard - Mures County Commissioner’s Office.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Eco-Rom Packaging Certificate
June 16th 2015
Azomures receives the Eco-Rom certification for active involvement in environmental protection through recycling of packaging in which the products have been delivered to the domestic market.
Azomures, the main producer of fertilizers for agriculture in Romania, received official recognition from Eco-Rom Packaging for its activity in 2014 aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
According to the organization Eco-Rom Packaging, expert in the management of packaging and packaging waste, Azomures managed to ensure a reduction in GHG (greenhouse gases) of 1366.28 tons of CO2 equivalent due to the process of recycling and recovery of packaging waste originating from the Azomures products. The amount of carbon dioxide that would have been released in the atmosphere in the absence of this action is equivalent to the emissions of a car traveling 5,062,796 kilometers.
The calculation was conducted by BIO by Deloitte in cooperation with organizations from 25 European countries, including Romania.
Azomures thus proves, once again, its constant concern for environmental protection. The results obtained in the waste recovery actions complete the company’s approaches for the modernization of the equipment with the purpose of sustainable development.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Equipment installment in the Urea Plant
12th June 2015
A piece of large-size equipment was mounted today on the Azomures platform, as part of the plant modernization project.
Azomures, the most important chemical fertilizer manufacturer in Romania, thus continues its series of investments in order to comply with European environmental regulations applicable from 2016 for the production platform.
Measuring 19 m in length and with a 160-ton weight, the equipment (pool condenser) will be part of the new Granular Urea ( mineral fertilizer) production plant . The new equipment will ensure a reduction of raw material consumption and will allow compliance with European environmental regulations applicable from 2016. The equipment was manufactured in the SBN plants in Austria as part of the project coordinated by general contractor Chemoproject in the Czech Republic.
Azomures is presently carrying out the final stages of the major investments implemented for plant modernization and environment protection, investments estimated at over 200 million Euro.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – World Environment Day 2015
08th June 2015
On the occasion of World Environment Day, celebrated on the 5th of June every year, Azomures organized a meeting with representatives of local authorities and members of parliament from the Mures County, in order to give them information regarding the stage of the investments currently being carried out on the production platform.
During the meeting, projects announced by the company stockholder, Ameropa Switzerland, upon plant takeover, were reviewed. Investments in modern technology will ensure continuity of fertilizer production for Romanian agriculture. The meeting also consisted of a presentation of the investments carried out on the fertilizer production platform, and the modernization stage of each equipment was reviewed.
The investments carried out on Tirgu Mures platform have as main objective the reduction of emissions in the environment, in order to observe environmental regulations applicable from 2016. “The investment works started in the summer of 2012 are in different construction stages, and the ones which are strictly connected to reducing emissions in the environment will be completed by the end of the year, in accordance with the conformance plan imposed by authorities. It has been a very difficult period, because each piece of equipment was designed and built for Azomures, with specific solutions offered in our industry. Due to these investments, Azomures will be able to continue its activity having a much better relation with local community”, declared Mihai Anitei, General Manager of Azomures.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – VINCI ENERGIES annual occupational health and safety meeting
Joint Press Release
VINCI Energies Romania, an important industry, infrastructure and tertiary service supplier, organized THE ANNUAL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MEETING in Tirgu Mures, on 18th November 2014.
The event, already at the fifth edition patronized by VINCI Energies group, had as a main theme Safety Management - Next level, and addressed the managers of VINCI Energies member companies in Romania: TIAB, SPOTING, STIZO Industrial Services and VINCI Facilities.
The theme of the event, which is at the fifth edition patronized by VINCI Energies group, was Safety Management – Next level and addressed to the managers of VINCI Energies member companies in Romania: TIAB, SPOTING, STIZO Industrial Services and VINCI Facilities.
The AZOMURES managerial team attended the meeting, as customer of two of the VINCI Energies, TIAB and SPOTING, which provide electric maintenance and instrumentation services. The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness regarding the importance of management involvement in the occupational health and safety activities and to obtain their commitment to making all necessary efforts and providing resources for building a safe healthy environment for all partners.
“The safety and health of all our partners is a daily concern for us, and the annual occupational safety and health meeting is a major event in reaching our common objective – “Zero accidents”. Each year, we try to approach a different theme which should be of interest for the participants and which should allow us to achieve excellence in this field”, declared Liviu FLOREA, General Manager of VINCI Energies Romania.
“Occupational health and safety are a permanent concern for us and we pay special attention to this aspect. The employees from the platform must get home safe after a day’s work. It is up to each of them to observe safety regulations and it is the company’s responsibility to provide the necessary equipment in order to avoid accidents”, declared Mihai ANITEI, General Manager of Azomures.
About VINCI Energies:
Active in approximately 50 countries, 30 of which outside Europe, VINCI Energies had a turnover of 9.25 billion Euro in 2013 and currently 63 000 people employed.
Due to its complex network, formed of 1500 business units, the Energies business line of the VINCI group is currently an important service provider in the field of energy and information technology, both in Europe and worldwide.
VINCI is a world leader in concessions and constructions, having 191 000 employees in over 100 countries and a 40.3 billion Euro turnover in 2013. We design, finance, build and exploit projects which improve our daily life. As we believe in performance, beyond economic and financial results, we are committed to operating in an ecological manner. And as our projects are of public interest, we believe reaching all stockholders and engaging in a dialogue with them is essential for our activity. The VINCI objective is to build long-term value for all our clients, partners, collaborators and for society in general.
AZOMURES Tirgu Mures is the most important Romanian producer of fertilizers for agricultural use. AZOMURES has an annual production of a minimum 1.3 million tons of fertilizers and over 2700 people are employed. The AZOMURES products are supplied to farmers in Romania, other countries in Europe, Africa, China, Japan, South America and the United States. The main stockholder of Azomures company is Ameropa Holding AG in Switzerland.
Established in 1948, AMEROPA is a privately-owned international grain and fertilizer trader in Switzerland, which covers traditional markets such as the United States, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia as well as emerging markets such as North Africa and the Middle East. AMEROPA trades 10 million tons of fertilizers and 10 million tons of grains annually.
Press release – Signing of financial agreement for plant modernization
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
22nd October 2014
Azomures has signed a financing agreement worth 75 million Euro for the modernization of the two Ammonia plants (intermediate product in the production of fertilizers).
The long-term unionized credit facility, intermediated by Banca Comerciala Romana SA in capacity of Coordinator with Banca Comerciala Romana SA and UniCredit Tiriac Bank SA in capacity of Mandated Arranger, will allow the Romanian fertilizer producer Azomures SA Tirgu Mures, to implement one the most important investment projects of the plant modernization plan.
The 75 million Euro contract was signed on 22nd October 2014, for a period of 10 years.
Azomures will use the financing for modernization of the two ammonia plants (intermediate product in the production of fertilizers). The modernization works will be carried out by the Swiss company, Casale Group.
As an objective of this investment, Azomures aims to fulfill all environmental requirements regarding the ammonia plants stipulated in the Integrated Environment Permit and BAT (Best Available Technology) documents, the reduction of energy consumption by 13% obtained through the reduction of methane gas specific consumption, modernization of the automated process command and control system and emergency shutdown systems by introducing the DCS (distributed control system) and increasing each plant’s production capacity from 900t/ day at present to 1.050 tons/day.
Financing was provided by Banca Comerciala Romana SA and UniCredit Tiriac Bank SA.
Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA in collaboration with Allen & Overy LLP
Azomures Tirgu Mures is the most important Romanian producer of fertilizers for agricultural use. Azomures has an annual production of a minimum 1,3 million tons of fertilizers and over 2.700 people are employed. The Azomures products are supplied to farmers in Romania, other countries in Europe, Africa, China, Japan, South America and the United States. The main stockholder of Azomures company is Ameropa Holding AG in Switzerland.
Established in 1948, Ameropa is a privately-owned international grain and fertilizer trader in Switzerland, which covers traditional markets such as the United States, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia as well as emerging markets such as North Africa and the Middle East. Ameropa has over 4.700 people employed globally and trades 10 million tons of fertilizers and 10 million tons of grains annually.
About Banca Comerciala Romana
Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR), member of Erste Group, is the most important financial group in Romania, including universal banking operations (retail, corporate & investment banking, treasury and capital markets), as well as profile companies on the leasing, private pension and real estate bank markets. BCR is Romania’s top bank in terms of the asset value (14.4 billion EUR), in terms of the number of clients, savings and crediting services. BCR is Romania’s most valuable financial brand in terms of customer trust and the number of people for whom BCR is the main banking institution.
BCR offers a complete range of financial products and services, through a network of 22 business centers, 23 mobile offices dedicated to companies and 551 retail units located in most cities with over 10.000 inhabitants. BCR is Romania’s top bank on the bank transaction market. BCR clients have at their service the largest national ATM network – almost 2.100 teller machines and POS – 13.500 terminals for card payment to retailers, as well as complete Internet banking, Mobile Banking, Phone-banking and E-commerce services.
About UniCredit Tiriac Bank
UniCredit Tiriac Bank is part of UniCredit, the top European financial group with the most extensive network in Central and Eastern Europe. In Romania, UniCredit Tiriac Bank is one of the main financial institutions, providing high quality products and services to its approximately 580.000 clients. The bank aims to constantly maintain the client in the center of its activities, to be easy to work with and to be an active part of the communities within which it conducts its activity.
UniCredit Group is present on the Romanian market through the following companies: UniCredit Tiriac Bank, UniCredit Consumer Financing (UCFIN), UniCredit Leasing Corporation (UCLC), UniCredit Insurance Broker, UniCredit Leasing Fleet Management, UniCredit Leasing Romania, Allib ROM, Debo Leasing, UCTAM, Pioneer Asset Management and UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions (UBIS).
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Press release – Commencement of technical revision
13th August 2014
Azomures Tirgu Mures, the most important fertilizer producer in Romania, announces the commencement of the general technical revision.
Between 18th August -12th September 2014, the production of fertilizers for agriculture in Azomures Tirgu Mures will be ceased, in order to perform repairing and modernization activities. The activities will be: mechanical, administrative, activities of cleaning and repairing the technical equipment. To achieve these objectives, employees from the maintenance departments of companies with work points in Azomures, will be involved.
At the same time, investments in the modernization of the Ammonia, Urea, Ammonium Nitrate and NPK production sections will be executed, and finalized by the end of 2015.
TThe modernization and repair works during the general inspection, aim to increase efficiency of the plant’s activity, once the equipment is restarted, in mid-September. A budget of 12 million Euro was allocated for the general technical revision. The Azomures strategy foresees the implementation of a preventive maintenance plan to reduce operational costs.
During the general revision, users of Azomures products can find fertilizers for agriculture at the authorized distributors all over the country, where stocks of all marketed products have been supplied.
Azomures Press Office
Press release – Completion of technical revision
19th September 2014
Azomures Tirgu Mures, the most important fertilizer producer in Romania, announces that the general technical revision has been completed and product deliveries have been resumed.
The general technical revision took place between 18th August – 12th September 2014 and included verification, repair and modernization of production facilities on the Tirgu Mures platform. Over 400 employees of partner companies carried out maintenance work together with the permanent employees of the companies working on the Azomures platform.
At the same time the general technical revision was conducted, conditions were created for starting the investment projects in the Ammonia, Urea, Ammonium Nitrate and NPK plans that are to be finalized by the end of 2015.
In parallel with the general technical revision, conditions were created for investment projects in the Ammonia, Urea, Ammonium Nitrate and NPK plants. The deadline for these projects is the end of 2015.
The budget for the general technical revision in 2014 was 13 million Euro. The Azomures strategy foresees the implementation of a preventive maintenance plan to reduce operational costs.
Azomures Press Office