17 September 2007 02:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--US phosphate fertilizer producer Mississippi Phosphates Corp (MissPhos) said late on Friday it will continue to cut back production at its Pascagoula facility at least until 1 October.
Its recently idled sulphuric acid plant would experience additional downtime to correct defects in repair work to a boiler carried out in July-August this year, the company said in a statement.
The plant went down at the beginning of July following a major failure on a key component at one of the plant’s two sulphuric acid lines.
A substantial rework of the defective repairs has been initiated and it was expected to be completed by 1 October, the statement added.
While MissPhos was cautiously optimistic that the defective work could be repaired, it has ordered, as a precautionary measure, materials for a replacement component for the boiler.
If required, the fabrication and installation of a replacement component could take up to approximately two months, according to the company.
Based on the projected availability of sulphuric acid, DAP production should range between 1,300-1,500 short ton/day (1,170-1,350 tonne/day) during the shutdown, the company said. It expects to meet all outstanding commitments to its customers and suppliers during this period.
MissPhos has a capacity to produce 2,384 short ton/day of DAP. The additional downtime was likely to result in the loss of 20,000-30,000 short ton of DAP production, provided the plant restarts in early October.
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