02 May 2008 15:53 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Agrium expects to resume construction work at its $1.2bn EAgrium joint venture nitrogen plant in Egypt soon and was working to overcome local resistance to the project, the Canadian fertilizer major said on Friday.
Construction had been suspended but the company expected to complete the project as planned, it said.
The project continued to encounter resistance from residents in Damietta, on the mediterranean coast near the Suez Canal, due to erroneous perceptions over its environmental, health and safety impacts, prompting the local government to request a temporary suspension of construction, Agrium said.
Agrium had started an education campaign in the community and was working with Egyptian ministries to ensure their ongoing public support for the facility in dealing with community concerns, it said.
“We are optimistic that we will be able to overcome local opposition and resume construction facilities with the cooperation and support of the government of ?xml:namespace>
The project is a joint venture of Agrium and Egyptian Petrochemical Holding Co (Echem), Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co (Egas) and Egypt Natural Gas Co (GASCO) along with Arab Petroleum Investments Corp (Apricorp).
For more on ammonia and urea visit ICIS chemical intelligence
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|
Asian Chemical Connections