Köping is located in central Sweden close to Lake Mälaren, which connects to the Baltic Sea. As most of its raw materials and products are delivered and distributed by ship, it is important to have access to a natural deepwater harbor. Good land transport links are also of vital importance for efficient logistics.
Köping has two nitric acid plants and two technical ammonium nitrate plants. The site also produces chemicals for technical and industrial use (DeNOx, water treatment).
In 2006 Yara decided to strengthen its position in the technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) sector through an investment of NOK 125 million at the production plant in Köping. Following the expansion, Köping is now a major producer of TAN with annual production capacity of 360 thousand tons.
The production of fertilizers, as part of the repositioning of the plant, ceased in the second quarter of 2007.
Excess heat has been exported from the plant in the form of hot water for use as non-polluting energy for the municipality of Köping since 1982. The energy from Yara contributes about 60 percent of the municipality’s total delivery of water-borne district heating.
High environmental and safety standards guarantee safe operations at the site. The Köping plant has a low injury rate and is ranked among the best industry performers in the field of safety.
Emissions from the plants are strictly controlled and particularly important since Lake Mälaren provides drinking water to more than 2 million people in addition to being a very popular recreation area.
The Quality Management System (including production, distribution, marketing and sales) has been ISO-certified since 1995. The site is also certified for its environment and energy management systems (ISO 14001 and SS 62 77 50).
Facts about Köping
||Start of ammonia, nitric acid, calcium and ammonium nitrate production
||Part of Hydro
||Production of technical nitrates begins
||Production of NPK ends, focus on technical nitrates begins
|| 360,000 tons