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Balakovo Branch of Apatit

Business activity

The Balakovo Branch of Apatit (PhosAgro Group’s Balakovo chemical cluster) focuses on phosphate-based fertilizers (a leading producer in Europe) and feed phosphates (a leading producer in Russia, and the country’s only manufacturer of feed monocalcium phosphate). The site is located in the Saratov Region, in the south of Russia, near the key regions by mineral fertilizer consumption. It was the first facility certified as compliant with GMP+ European feed quality control standard. The facility boasts capacities of 1.8 mtpa of MAP/DAP/NPS fertilizers and of 360 kpta of feed MCP.


  1. Fertilisers: monoammonium phosphate (MAP), diammonium phosphate (DAP), ammonium phosphate sulphate (NPS).
  2. Feed additives: monocalcium phosphate..
  3. Acids: various grades of sulphuric acid, oleum, clear and colourless phosphoric acid.
  4. Other products: sodium fluorosilicate for the building materials industry and the fluoridation of drinking water.

Investment program

The site is running a development programme to upgrade capacities and expand product offering. Total investment in the Balakovo Branch of Apatit from 2014 to 2018 exceeded RUB 8 billion.

In 2017–2018, an ammonia pipeline connecting the Togliatti–Odessa mainline with the liquid ammonia storage facility at the Balakovo Branch of Apatit was built for greater stability and security of feedstock supplies. The pipeline branch is almost 15 km long with a throughput of 504 ktpa of ammonia.

Total investment in the project stood at RUB 526 million.

In 2017–2018, the SK-17 sulphuric acid unit was upgraded increasing its capacity from 600 ktpa to 1 mtpa of monohydrate.

Total investment in the project amounted to ca. RUB 2.4 billion.

A warehousing facility with a capacity of 8 kt of liquid ammonia was launched in 2015. It is a unique facility that meets all present-day requirements for occupational and environmental safety. It is the first facility in Russia of this scale: six spherical storage tanks of 3,000 cu m each. The storage facility improved the Balakovo site’s self-sufficiency in feedstock and created capabilities to develop production capacity.

Total investment in the project amounted to RUB 2 billion.

The SK-650 sulphuric acid unit was put into operation in 2010. When it was launched, the unit was one of the most advanced facilities in Russia. Its seamless operation boosted the Balakovo site’s monohydrate output by at least 650 ktpa.

Investment in the project amounted to ca. RUB 1.5 billion.

By 2025, the Company is planning to spend about RUB 15 billion to develop the facility, including by upgrading capacities and expanding its product range.