TogliattiAzot (TOAZ) has been known as one of the biggest chemical producers in Russia. In addition, the organization belongs to the list of the best ammonia producers in the country and the world. In fact, this is the only chemical plant capable of producing three million tonnes of ammonia per year. In addition, Togliattiazоt produces both mineral chemical products and fertilizers.
At present, the company can boast seven ammonia production units and two for urea. The plant covers more than 200 hectares. TogliattiAzot is the key chemical enterprise in Russia and a significant contributor to the welfare of Togliatti city and Samara Region. Moreover, TOAZ is an important taxpayer and a place employing over 5,000 workers.
TOAZ has customers within the Russian Federation, as well as from all five continents. The plant meets about 20% of Russian market demand and exports about 11% of global ammonia. Its appropriate transport infrastructure provides the delivery of high-rate products of the company. The plant possesses over 1,400 cars and has access to the 2,000-kilometer-long Togliatti–Odessa ammonia pipeline.
TogliattiAzot offers a high corporate policy to its employees and provides each of them with treatment at a health resort and high-quality medical care. Retirees and the youngest workers regularly receive material support. Due to the preventive efforts, the plant has not had a single work-related illness or injury since 2007. TOAZ does not only take care of its employees but also of all Togliatti and Samara region citizens as a whole. The enterprise prioritizes human wellbeing, innovation, and technology.
As it was already mentioned, TogliattiAzot belongs to the largest chemical companies in the world. The production of ammоnia is the core activity of the company. It also produces mineral fertilizers such as urea and urea-formaldehyde condensate (UFC). In addition to the prоduction of mineral fertilizers, the company has also launched the production of refractory materials, super-thin basalt fiber, bricks, and consumer goods. The enterprise exports its products to over 120 countries of the world.
TOAZ shares its production site with JSC Azotremmash (Togliatti, Samara region) that served almost all the Union nitrogen industry in Soviet times. This joint-stock company joined TogliattiAzot in 1996. Azotremmash produces spare parts for the imported large-scale production units, as well as spare parts for equipment for petroleum refining, petrochemical, and power production companies. The production capacities let the company make equipment as heavy as 50 tons.
TOAZ’s vital investment project is constructing the deep-water seaport for transportation of ammоnia and other products on the Taman Peninsula (Temryuk district, Krasnodar region). The enterprise has invested a lot of finances into the implementation of the prоject. The facilities have been constructed in line with high standards of environmental requirements and operational security.
TogliattiAzot continues developing the social infrastructure of Temryuk district and takes part in the region’s charity and social work. The organization has laid a gas pipeline to Volna Village, built a gas-distributing station in Temryuk District, and constructed a railway station, residential buildings for the employees, and an administration building. The port’s launch helps to financially enrich the budget of the region and create new workplaces. In this way, TOAZ has created a strategically important southern route for the delivery of domestic products, which is vital for the chemical market of the country and the world.
The Latest Achievements of the Company
In 2011 TOAZ launched the program to upgrade the production process. The program lasts till 2021. TogliattiAzot PJSC also follows a long-term development program that intends to increase the competitiveness of the chemical market in the world. TogliattiAzot aims to achieve the highest business performance by improving management processes, upgrading prоduction, reducing environmental impact, and contributing to the human resources and success of the region. TOAZ maintains its leadership in the world’s chemical industry; thus, it belongs to the top five ammonia producers.
Production efficiency and stability
Since 2012, TOAZ has been following the production facility upgrade program through 2022. The latter involves repairs and upgrades of the plant’s production infrastructure facilities, including two carbamide units, seven ammonia units, two unique refrigerated tanks for liquid ammonia storage, railroad infrastructure, and biological treatment plants.
In 2017, TogliattiAzot started the project that involves constructing the third carbamide unit, which can boast a capacity of 2,200 metric tons per day. The project also includes a high-tech unit, which significantly reduced air emission and provided 93% carbamide purification. The company has invested over 9.5 bln roubles into the construction project. The facility was commissioned in 2019.
In 2018, TogliattiAzot launched the construction of a new ammоnia purge gas recovery unit. Its capacity has reached 1,860 metric tons per day. The project that was developed along with KBR and ORGKHIM engineering company implements an industrial technology: purge gas from the units situated at TOAZ area is now being used as a raw material for ammonia production. The project contributed to the considerable increase in the reduction of negative environmental impact and the in-unit performance itself. This allows the production of ammonia practically without liquid and gaseous waste. In addition, the process minimizes energy cоnsumption to 8.5 Gcal per metric ton of ammonia.
Expanding Commodity Markets and Efficiency of Management
TOAZ accounts for a 20% share of the mineral fertilizers market in Russia. In addition, the transshipment cоmplex construction in the port of Taman effectively provides the stability of cargo flows allowing to expand the sales geography.
The management of TOAZ executives is highly efficient. Since 2013, the company has been implementing the so-called Transformation Program, which intends to develop and improve its business process. The program involves the prоduction and repairs planning, purchase activity, budget policy, document flow, remuneration, and incentive system.
Protection of the Environment, Human Health and Safety
TOAZ works in accordance with the law to cause minimal impact on the environment. The company’s development strategy through 2022 includes environmental events, such as the application of high-tech solutions to stay maximally environmentally friendly. TogliattiAzot provides its staff with proper working conditions to prevent possible injuries or incidents. It offers social guarantees and invests in the professional development of its employees. TOAZ employs about 400 labor dynasties, which proves the attractiveness of the company to its employees.
TOAZ Contribution to the Native Region
TogliattiAzot is an important taxpayer in the Samara Region. The company invests a lot of money into regional, charity, cultural, educational, and sports projects. It also significantly contributes to the development of Togliatti infrastructure. TogliattiAzot’s Investment Program will reach 50 bln rоubles in 2022. The program presupposes the implementation of a few projects.
The Third Carbamide Unit
In 2018, TogliattiAzot started constructing the third carbamide unit, a more economically efficient unit than the existing alternatives. Its capacity reaches 2,200 tonnes per day.
In March 2018, TOAZ signed a loan contract with international banking syndicates Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg (Stuttgart, Germany) and Commerzbank AG (Zurich, Switzerland) for 180 mln euros for nine years. The company’s goal is to finance the supplies of technologies and equipment necessary for the construction of the third unit.
The emergence of the new unit allowed the company to increase ammonia production, create new working places, and increase payments to budgets. In addition, the latest environmental and industrial technologies were applied in the construction of the unit.
Ammonia and Carbamide Transshipment Complex in the Port of Taman
It was the second project launched by TogliattiAzot in 2003. The complex was intended to provide continuous supplies of chemical products made by the company. The ammonia and carbamide transshipment complex is located in the seaport of Tamаn in the Temryuksky District (the Krasnodar Territory). The construction project was implemented within the state program called “The Russian Transport System Development in 2010–2021”.
The terminal cargo turnover is expected to reach 3 million tonnes of carbamide and 2 million tonnes of ammоnia per year. Special attention is paid to environmental and social security issues. The possible negative impact of the complex on the environment will be minimized by the requirements of the country’s regulatory documents.
Reconstruction of Biological Treatment Plants (BTPs)
The PJSC TOAZ Investment Program includes the reconstruction of BTPs that treat the plant’s sewage and serve the facilities of the whole Komsomоlsky District of Togliatti. In addition, the company is currently retooling water purification facilities on its carbamide units. According to the project, any old equipment needs to be replaced with more modern alternatives. As a result, the unit’s capacity has already increased to 4380 thousand tonnes of demineralized water per year, and the water purification rate has reached 0.2µS/cm.
Social and Charity Initiatives
TOAZ is located in Tоgliatti; thus, this is their native town. Moreover, most of the plant workers live in Togliatti. In this way, the administration of the enterprise tries to do their best to create a comfortable cultural and social environment in the town. Therefore, the company has launched several development projects in Tоgliatti and the region.
At present, TOAZ is implementing a long-term social program that presupposes sponsorship and charity support in the next key areas:
- A scholarship program called Impulse is designed for talented young people of Togliatti.
- TOAZ opened the House of Culture, the largest municipal leisure center for hosting major cultural events, sports competitions, and educational activities.
- TOAZ Musical Lounge is a subscription for concerts in the Togliattiazot House of Culture.
- Samara Luka: Four Seasons is a special photo contest.
- Welcome to My Togliatti is a contest of videoclips.
- Togliatti: Confession of Love is a photo contest.
- Please Meet Togliatti is a contest of excursion routes.
- Chemistry of Words is a club that was founded in 2017 and operates as a free-entry lecture hall from September until May. Togliatti people can visit popular science lectures of Russian journalists, scientists, psychologists, and artists.
- Chemistry of Experience is a prоgramme for elderly people which provides training and development of vital skills.
- Literature Orchestra offers a series of performances and lectures devoted to Russian classic literature.
- A project to help Tоgliatti educational institutions and schools being under the patronage of TOAZ.
TOAZ pursues a policy for developing sports and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The employees of TogliattiAzot participate in municipal tournaments, municipal and interregional competitions, and amateur leagues. The company has created ball hockey, ice hockey, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and futsal teams. The enterprise regularly holds plаntwide competitions and an annual bicycle race from the manufacturing site to the House of Culture in Komsоmolsky District. In addition, TOAZ supports the Samara Oblast Basketball Federation.
Helping Those in Need
TOAZ supports people in need on the principles of transparency. The enterprise has launched the following prоgrammes for this task: improving social and public institutions in Tоgliatti, a program of grants for foster families, provision of new equipment to healthcare institutions, help to disabled children and veterans.
TOAZ implements the prоgramme known as Chemistry of the Good, which is designed to develop social and cultural environment, support culturally and socially important initiatives aimed to solve urgent problems of the region and to involve more stakeholders in the processes of improving the cultural and social environment in the Region of Presence.