International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online)

Evaluation of the Exact Production Quantity of Nitrogen Fertilizer in Real-Time from any Particular Associated Gas Flare Volume in Nigeria
Dr. Ekejiuba A.I.B.

Fertilizers acts in two ways to enhance the growth of plants i.e. either by providing the essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous potassium et cetera .or improving the effectiveness by modifying its water retention and aerations. Nitrogen can be fixed into chemical compounds such as ammonia (NH3) for plants use either by bacteria in the root nodules or synthetically fixed using Haber-Bosch process. Pure ammonia is gaseous and is sometime injected into the ground directly, but most often, it is used as a feedstock to produce all the other nitrogen fertilizers in either liquid or solid forms. Presently, over 80% of the fertilizer consumed in Nigeria is imported, while usage is 20kg per hectare on the average, against the expected usage rate of over 200kg per hectare for developed countries. This investigation on the real-time monetization of the flared gas in Nigeria through production of nitrogenous synthetic fertilizer ammonia/urea, applied the stoichiometric balanced equation of ammonia production with the Haber-Bosch process. The available 16.090 MM scfd, methane produced 655,399, 762. 4 grams of ammonia which produce 1, 156,587.816 kg of urea, equivalent of about 23,132 bags of 50kg fertilizer per day.

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