ULMA systems at Ammonia and Urea Plant in Bolivia

The commencement of operations for this project will meet the entirety of domestic demand, wholly supplanting imported fertilizers. The plant is anticipated to produce 756,000 tonnes annually. Twenty per cent of production will be for internal markets, and 80% for export. The products made from these raw materials will improve crops, increase soil productivity, and recuperate depleted land.

ULMA Construction is participating in the construction of this enormous ammonia and urea plant in Bolivia, which represents the largest investment ever made in the entire history of the country.

A project of this size requires technologically sophisticated products as well as material provisions and response capacity sufficient to satisfy the stipulations established by the customer. Halfway through the project, more than 1,400 tonnes of material had already been supplied; this material was subsequently reused in various structures in all parts of the project.

Composed of tonnes of piping and metal structures, specialised solutions were practically a requirement throughout the plant. ULMA supplied a variety of solutions for the assembly and placement of tubing and mechanical systems, as well as the lifting and transport of equipment.

The BRIO system demonstrated its full range of capacities in this project: the flexibility to adapt to any geometry, stability in any application required, and rigidity in all of its structural configurations. BRIO was implemented in a multitude of ways, including working platforms, shoring, access stairways, and suspended scaffolding when ground support was impossible; all of this proved indispensable for the assembly of and work on the various mechanical systems.

The refrigeration tower is 4 stories tall, and the top storey equipped with a gridwork of piping. The walls, columns, and friezes, totalling more than 1,870 m2, were build using COMAIN formwork. It is a system that in addition to being lightweight and easy to handle is capable of covering an extremely wide range of surface areas. For a project of this magnitude, time and cost savings are fundamental. The average floor height of 16.40 m presented demands of shoring height and load-bearing capacity perfectly met by the modular and fully configurable BRIO Shoring. The ENKOFLEX beam system was used as formwork for the 0.20 m thick slabs.

Constant communication and collaboration with the client provided maximally effective use of each of our products. Evaluation, comprehensive support, and coordination between various aspects of the work process such as health and safety were accompanied by on-site instruction, training, and information. Safety is our maxim.