Recovery of Ammonia during Production of Coke from Coking Coal Jan26

Recovery of Ammonia during Production of Coke from Coking Coal...

Recovery of Ammonia during Production of Coke from Coking Coal Ammonia (NH3) is a by-product produced during the production of coke from coking coal in the by-product coke ovens. It is a constituent of the coke oven gas (COG) leaving the coke ovens, with a typical concentration in raw COG of 6 grams per normal cubic meters (g/N cum). The solubility of NH3 in water leads to its presence in the flushing liquor of coke oven battery (COB) with a typical concentration of 5 grams per litre (g/l) to 6 g/l of total NH3. Therefore, due to the net production of flushing liquor in the COB, also sometimes being referred to as excess flushing liquor, there arises a liquid stream as well as a gas stream from which NH3 is required to be removed. The quantity of excess liquor is around 12 % of the dry coal throughput, which depends on the coal moisture content. Removal of NH3 from the gas stream is a universal feature of a coke oven and by-product plant. This is because NH3, in the presence of the other COG contaminants hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen sulphide (H2S), oxygen (O2), and water, is extremely corrosive to pipelines made of carbon steel. Also, when ammonia is uncontrollably burnt in any combustion chamber, it forms nitrogen oxides (NOx) which causes air pollution. Hence, removal of NH3 from COG and liquid stream is required to be also done due to environmental reasons. The primary NH3 handling process in the coke oven and by-product plant deals with the removal and disposal of the NH3 present in the COG. However, NH3 recovery systems often include facilities to handle the NH3 arising in the excess flushing liquor. For proper understanding of how these facilities are incorporated into...