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Volkhov Branch of Apatit

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The Volkhov Branch of Apatit (PhosAgro Group’s Volkhov chemical cluster) is Russia’s only producer of sodium tripolyphosphate and one of Russia’s leading producers of mineral fertilizers. The facility (formerly known as Metachem) was established in 2003 after the Volkhov aluminium smelter was split up into chemical and steelmaking plants. It joined PhosAgro Group in 2012.


The branch’s favourable geography and its proximity to the St Petersburg Port enables us to ship products to any destination, including foreign markets


The site’s boasts capacities of 200 ktpa of PKS/NPK fertilizers, 240 ktpa of sulphuric acid, 100 ktpa of phosphoric acid and 105 ktpa of sodium tripolyphosphate.


Products


  1. Sodium tripolyphosphate (powder, granules).
  2. Sulphuric acid.
  3. Liquid aluminium sulphate.

Investment program

Over the recent five years, PhosAgro Group has invested more than RUB 5 billion in the Volkhov chemical cluster considerably expanding its product range and bolstering output by more than 60%. Now, its product portfolio includes 17 sodium tripolyphosphate grades and at least 10 fertilizer grades (vs two products on offer when the company joined PhosAgro Group).


We built new wet-process phosphoric acid capacities, state-of-the-art storage facilities and packaging lines (for fertilizers and sodium tripolyphosphate), and ramped up aluminium sulphate capacities (a high-performance coagulant used in the Leningrad Region for water treatment).


Immediately after the company became part of PhosAgro Group, we started to build wastewater treatment facilities, and adopted an environmental protection programme moving the site to closed water treatment in 2018. Environmental investments amounted to RUB 500 million in 2018–2019 alone.


The Volkhov Branch is developing production technology for new fertilizer grades therefore being a test bed for the Group’s R&D and innovations.


A new NРКS and РКS facility with a capacity of 100 ktpa was created in 2014. Not only it increased gross output, but also expanded the product portfolio and helped enter into new markets by offering an innovative product line that includes various NPKS and РКS fertilizer grades based on ammonia-free potassium chloride.

Investment exceeded RUB 400 million.


A new extraction unit of 105 ktpa of Р2О5 was launched in 2017. This maximised fertilizer and sodium tripolyphosphate output, and eliminated risks relating to the failure of obsolete extractors.

Investments exceeded RUB 1 billion.

One of the key elements of PhosAgro Group’s Strategy to 2025 is the project to build in Volkhov a new sophisticated phosphate-based fertilizer facility and a power plant.


Wet-process phosphoric acid units will be retrofitted to increase capacity to 599 ktpa. The new plant will boost apatite concentrate processing in PhosAgro Group by 1 mtpa (currently, 300 ktpa) and increase the output of phosphate-based fertilizers bringing high margins driven by the site’s logistical strengths.


This investment project is set to embrace best available technologies, as well as solutions developed by leading Russian and global companies and institutes, including the NIUIF (part of PhosAgro), Russia’s only and one of Europe's leading agrochemical research institutes. Construction and installation will be performed by Russian contractors.



The new facilities will fully comply with the most stringent environmental laws and regulations in both Russia and Europe. Total investment in the project will exceed RUB 23 billion.