Phosagro has commissioned a phosphate-potash fertilizer production line with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year and a warehouse with 1,500 tonnes capacity,
Moscow/Russia — Phosagro, a leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, has commissioned a phosphate-potash fertilizer production line at its Metachem site in Volkhov (Leningrad region). The plant has a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year (PKS-100), it is complemented with a finished product warehouse with a 1,500 tonnes capacity. Total investments into the project, which PhosAgro financed with its own funds, amounted to over RUB 500 million. Leningrad region Governor Alexander Drozdenko and PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev attended the opening ceremony.
The fertilizer production line plays an important part in the Phosagro’s strategy for 2020, which was developed with the participation of the National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg. The new capacity uses leading edge technologies and equipment, as well as automated control systems. It is also fully compliant with stringent environmental regulations.
The production technology for this new fertilizer grade was developed by the Y. V. Samoilov Scientific Research Institute for Fertilizers and Insectofungicides, a Phosagro subsidiary and Russia’s only R&D centre dedicated to crop nutrients. Phosagro subsidiary Mining and Chemical Engineering developed the documentation and engineering for the new line.
The fertilizer grade is highly effective because each granule contains all of the nutrients. The particles are also very hard and they do not cake. This universal complex fertilizer is useful for soy and other legumes, as well as potatoes, fruits and vegetables. The balanced nutrient mix means the fertilizer is appropriate for use anywhere in Russia and around the world (especially in Latin America). Interest in the new fertilizer grade is high in Russia, as domestic agricultural producers currently do not have access to similar products.
Phosagro CEO Andrey Guryev said: “This new capacity is an important part of our strategy for 2020, which aims to increase the number of fertilizer grades PhosAgro produces, as well as the total capacity of high-quality fertilizers we sell in Russia and worldwide.”
Leningrad region Governor Alexander Drozdenko said: “This investment project was supported by regional authorities; it has created new high-quality jobs in Volkhov, increased Metachem’s tax payments, and it offers domestic agricultural producers a new fertilizer to help them achieve their import substitution programmes.