IFA ’08: GCT's sulphur demand on the rise

21 May 2008 12:26  [Source: ICIS news]

VIENNA (ICIS news)--Tunisia's Groupe Chimique Tunisien (GCT) will require an extra 500,000 tonnes per annum of sulphur by 2011 once two new production plants come on stream, a company official said on Wednesday.


The company would need 2.1-2.2m tonnes of sulphur in 2011, up from its current requirement of 1.6-1.7m tonnes/year, the official said on the sidelines of the 76th International Fertilizer Industry Association conference.


Meanwhile, a joint-venture phosphoric acid plant with India’s Coromandel Fertilisers Limited (CFL) and Gujarat State Fertiliser Chemicals (GSFC) India, which will come on stream by the end of 2010, will require 350,000 tonnes/year of sulphur, the official added.


The plant's capacity will total 360,000 tonnes/year of phosphoric acid and all production will be shipped to India.


Additionally, a 500,000 tonne/year triple superphosphate (TSP) plant was due on stream in 2011 and would require 150,000 tonnes/year of sulphur, the official said.


Tunisia sources sulphur from the Middle East, Russia, Kazakhstan and Europe and expects to start negotiations for second half 2008 contracts in June.


The IFA conference runs from 19-21 May.


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