On behalf of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) will conduct a workshop on
Nitrogen Fertilizer Production Technology
June 24-28, 2013
Program Fee: US $2,700 for IFA members/US $2,800 for non-IFA members (by May 24, 2013) or
US $2,900 for IFA members/US $3,000 for non-IFA members (after May 24, 2013)
Since 2001, through biennial events, IFA and IFDC have been conducting the Nitrogen Fertilizer Technology workshops to share knowledge and exchange information with representatives of the nitrogen fertilizer industry regarding the different production technologies. These workshops have been successful due to their unique scope. Unlike other similar training programs in the industry, IFA-IFDC workshops are not process/product specific but combine all nitrogen-based fertilizer processes. The 2013 international workshop will take place in Sanya, China, during the week of June 24-28, attracting nitrogen fertilizer production engineers and other specialists around the world.
Nitrogen fertilizers include ammonia, urea, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate and nitrogen solutions. They are an effective means of increasing crop productivity and are used during sowing and as growing season supplements for all crops. Supply of nitrogen fertilizers determines the crop’s growth, vigor, color and yield. Nitrogen fertilizers account for some 59 percent of total world consumption of mineral fertilizers (based on FAO data, FAOSTAT, updated August 21, 2012, accessed December 3, 2012).
Objectives of the Workshop
The five-day IFA-IFDC workshop is designed to:
- Provide engineers and other specialists in the fertilizer industry with an in-depth view of nitrogen fertilizer production technologies and identify future trends and needs.
- Examine the status of the most recent nitrogen fertilizer production technologies.
- Improve participants’ technical knowledge across a broad range of nitrogen production techniques, including understanding the best available technology options, economic factors impacting the sector, energy use scenarios and the best approaches to safety and environmental management.
- Enhance the participants’ analytical and troubleshooting skills in order to better identify and resolve operational inefficiencies of their facilities.
- Provide an opportunity to exchange ideas on a range of production topics with leading technology experts and workshop participants.
Who Should Attend
The workshop is designed for engineers working in the fertilizer industry, particularly those who have recently assumed new responsibilities, to renew and/or increase their technical knowledge in nitrogen fertilizer production, and for engineers to become better acquainted with the best available production processes in the industry. Previous workshops have also attracted other specialists in the fertilizer industry such as executives, senior managers and those involved in areas of environment and research, all of whom have found the program useful. Entrepreneurs have also benefited from the program.
Topics to be addressed by a faculty of industry experts will include:
- A global overview and outlook of the nitrogen fertilizer industry.
- Economics of the industry.
- Nitrogen fertilizer production:
- Nitric Acid.
- Ammonium Nitrate.
- Calcium Ammonium Nitrate.
- Ammonium Nitrate-Sulfate.
- Ammonium Sulfate.
- Fertilizer chemical and physical specifications and product quality.
- Energy use scenarios in nitrogen fertilizer production.
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon footprint.
Participants will be exposed to a range of topics through classroom presentations and discussions, participant breakout sessions for practical problem-solving exercises and a field trip to a nitrogen fertilizer complex. Interactive discussion involving the participants and lecturers will be an integral part of the program to ensure that specific interests are covered.
The program faculty will include subject matter experts from process licensors, engineering companies and fertilizer manufacturers.
The Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort is located in Sanya, a well-known tropical international tourist destination in the Hainan Province on the southern coast of China. As described by their website, this five-star hotel overlooks the beautiful Sanya Bay, which is the longest beach on Hainan Island. It is nestled along a picturesque seaside road, immaculately clean and well kept. The long soft sandy beach is quietly kissed by the crystal clear waters of the South China Sea.
The resort is a 15-minute drive away from the famous “The End of the Earth,” Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Zone, Sanya Phoenix International Airport and downtown. The Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort offers a business center and concierge to assist you during your stay. Guests will enjoy free use of the gym and tropical-landscaped pool. A shuttle from/to airport can be arranged for a fee by contacting the hotel and requesting this service.
Participants will be extended IFDC’s special negotiated deluxe pool view room rate of CNY 700/night (approximately US $111/night) or deluxe sea view room rate of CNY 800/night (approximately US $127/night). This price includes buffet breakfast, internet access and 15 percent surcharge, but subject to CNY 11 local government city tax per room/per night. Participants are responsible for reservation and payment of accommodations at the Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort. The cut-off date for reservations under IFDC’s negotiated terms is May 23, 2013. After this date, reservations will be subject to hotel room availability at the best available rate.
Participants should plan to arrive in Sanya, China, on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort
Sanya Bay Haipo Tourism Resort Zone
Hainan Province, P.R. China
For Reservations (Reference Group Name IFDC-MICE):
Tel: +86 898 8833 9988
Fax: +86 898 8833 9009
Visa and Medical Insurance
APPLICATIONS FOR VISAS SHOULD BE MADE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Participants who are not eligible to enter China without a visa should submit their application for a visa through the respective embassy or consulate in their country of residence. All required immunizations and health formalities should be completed. Medical insurance should be obtained by participants. The workshop fee does not cover any medical insurance or expenses.
Cost and Enrollment
The program fee for the five-day workshop is US $2,700 per participant for IFA members and US $2,800 for non-IFA members, both inclusive of a US $250 non-refundable deposit. This fee is due with enrollment but no later than May 24, 2013, four (4) weeks before the program is scheduled. Thereafter, a US $200 Late Fee will apply.
The program fee, less the deposit, will be refunded for cancellations made two (2) weeks before the commencement of the program. Ninety percent of the paid fee will be returned and 10 percent, in addition to the deposit, will be charged to cover administrative costs for cancellations made between two (2) weeks and one (1) week before the commencement of the program. Cancellations made less than one (1) week before the commencement of the program will receive no refund.
Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid participants will receive priority. Registration and program fee payments should reach IFDC by May 24, 2013. Those received thereafter will be accepted at IFDC’s discretion and incur an additional US $200 late fee. An organization wishing to enroll more than one participant should supply information and payment for each participant.
Payment of the program fee can be made by: (1) check or draft payable to IFDC; (2) wire transfer to IFDC’s account in the U.S.A. through First Metro Bank, 406 West Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., ABA number 062203955 for credit to IFDC account number 55281; or (3) major credit card – MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
The program fee covers registration, training and reference material, coffee/tea breaks, all lunches and surface transportation on field trips. The fee does not include air travel, lodging and dinner expenses or medical and communication expenses.
IFDC is a nonprofit, public international organization (PIO) dedicated to increasing agricultural productivity and food production through the development and use of plant nutrients in sustainable crop production systems. Headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., IFDC is involved in human resource development, research and technical assistance in collaboration with public, private, national and international organizations throughout the world. IFDC has conducted more than 700 formal workshops, study tours and training programs for about 10,000 participants from 150 countries since 1974. The programs have covered a wide range of subjects including integrated soil fertility management and fertilizer use efficiency, fertilizer production technology, agro-input dealership management, competitive marketing, supply chain management, investment analysis, policy reforms and numerous specialized topics.
IFA is a not-for-profit organization representing the global fertilizer industry. Our members serve farmers everywhere as they meet the world’s growing food, feed, fibre and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA has over 550 members in about 85 countries. About half of the membership is based in developing countries. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training with regard to fertilizers. The global fertilizer industry produces upwards of 170 million tons of fertilizer nutrients annually. These are used in every corner of the globe to support agricultural production.
For more information:
Director, Training and Workshop Coordination Unit
P.O. Box 2040
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662, U.S.A.
Telephone:+1 (256) 381-6600
Telefax: +1 (256) 381-7408
As a nonprofit organization, IFDC does not finance or sponsor any participant.