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Russian Fertilizer Champion Hits 50 Million Ton Mark

22 July 2011

Cherepovets.  22 July 2011. OJSC Ammophos, part of the PhosAgro Group, has produced its 50 millionth ton of mineral fertilizers since production facilities were launched in 1976.

This milestone is the culmination of work to reconstruct and modernize production
facilities, increase productivity and expand the range and improve the quality of products offered that began in 2002 following the integration of Ammophos into the PhosAgro Group. While it took the enterprise 25 years to produce its first 30 million tons of mineral fertilizer, it has taken less than 10 years to produce a subsequent 20 million tons. This demonstrates that fertilizer production rates have almost doubled.

The 60 millionth ton of sulfuric acid was produced in January this year and the 60 millionth ton of apatite concentrate was processed in June.

Ammophos Director Vladimir Pomatilov noted: “This achievement was made possible thanks to the technical upgrade program that has been carried out at the enterprise with support from the CJSC PhosAgro AG management company over the last ten years with significant financial investment.”

In recent years production facilities at Ammophos have been updated in order to increase processing capacities and to reduce environmental impact. In 2009 the last line of a new sulfuric acid production facility was launched, which boosted overall sulfuric acid production capacity to 2.72 million tons a year. Generating capacities powered by waste steam were also launched at the same time as construction of the new sulfuric acid plant.