9 Aug 2018 11:59

EuroChem to finish commissioning at Usolsky in Q3, maintains potash output plan for 2018

MOSCOW. Aug 9 (Interfax) - EuroChem is maintaining its plan to produce 400,000-500,000 tonnes of potash at its Usolsky potash project and 100,000-200,000 tonnes at VolgaKaly in 2018, the Russian fertilizer producer's CFO, Kuzma Marchuk told Interfax.

He did not say how much commercial potash the company has already produced.

Most of the potash EuroChem produces this year will go to supply its own plants in Nevinnomyssk and Antwerp, he added.

EuroChem said in a statement that it plans to complete commissioning operations at Usolsky Potash in Perm Territory in the third quarter. Finished product is now being produced at the first train under commissioning mode. Construction and installation at the second train is nearing completion. Usolsky's storage area already holds 82,000 tonnes of potash ore, the company said.

The company still plans to produce the first concentrate at VolgaKaly in Volgograd Region in the third quarter. The flotation plant is now in commissioning mode.

Production capacity of the first and second trains at Usolsky will be 2.3 million tonnes and 1.4 million tonnes, respectively. VolgaKaly will have two phases with capacity of 2.3 million tonnes each.