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Corteva Agriscience and SIAD reduce CO2 emissions by more than 130 tons per year in Northern Italy

24 Sep 2019

siad_corteva_new_nitrogen_pipelineCremona, September 24, 2019 Corteva Agriscience, a global leader in the agricultural sector and SIAD, one of Italy’s leading chemical groups, announce the official opening of a new 3.7 km stretch of gas pipeline to supply nitrogen to the Corteva production plant in Mozzanica, in the province of Bergamo.

The project will bring environmental, safety and cost benefits to all parties involved, with tangible positive effects on the environment.

Launched in 2018, the project actively involved the facilities of both SIAD and Corteva. SIAD engineer  Gianluca Ravasio explained: “We started working outside of the Corteva production plant going from West to East, respecting the area of Fornovo S.G. where there are archaeological sites with tombs and other important artifacts and finds from the Roman era. In late 2018, the new supply line to the west outer wall of the production plant was completed and, in December, the works for the final connection with the supply lines to the production plants were also completed.”

At the same time, at the Mozzanica production plant, Corteva began and completed all the works required for connecting it to the gas pipeline, in coordination with the logistics activities of the production department.

The new section, which is part of a SIAD project to extend a nitrogen gas pipeline covering a total length of approximately 34 kilometers, of which about 14 kilometers are the result of the recent construction of the section from Castel Rozzone to Fornovo San Giovanni, will also help further reduce the environmental impact of nitrogen production, transport and distribution activities.

In fact, prior to the construction of this gas pipeline, gas was supplied overland via tanker with liquid nitrogen, with three deliveries per week. This new project has made it possible to drastically reduce road transport by limiting the transport of liquids to emergency situations only: two maintenance operations a year are sufficient to ensure safe storage and a constant supply of nitrogen gas 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Francesco Vacca, Corteva’s Factory Manager in Mozzanica, concluded: “We are proud of this project and confident of the environmental impact that we expect it to have once implemented, and this is thanks to our collaboration with an excellent partner such as SIAD, which is perfectly in line with Corteva’s mission and its commitment to respect the environment. As far as tangible results are concerned, we expect the supply to be more reliable and safe, as well as a lower electricity demand for nitrogen production and lower fuel consumption for transport. These are all factors that lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by more than 130 tons per year, as well as nitrogen oxides, noise and dust.”

It also offers significant advantages from a financial point of view: costs for supplies, production and procurement are considerably reduced, as well as for safety, accounting and logistics management and plant downtime in the event of a shortage of supply. In conclusion, a highly positive impact also for the area in which it is located and for all the people who live and work there.