PotashCorp's Aurora site in North Carolina resuming operations

29 August 2011 20:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--PotashCorp’s Aurora facility in the US state of North Carolina escaped structural damage during Hurricane Irene and was in the process of restarting production, the Canada-based fertilizer company said on Monday.

"During the storm the entire plant shut down but it never lost power," Canada-based PotashCorp said in a statement.

However, the company had to drain a large amount of water from the site. The water damaged some motors and instrumentation, PotashCorp said.

All three sulphuric-acid plants at the site have been restarted. Phosphoric-acid production should restart within three days and mining in four days, the company said.

"By next week we should be producing end product - DAP [diammonium phosphate], MAP [monoammonium phosphate] and purified phosphoric acid", the company said.

The Aurora open-pit mine has an annual capacity of 6m tonnes of phosphate rock, 1.2m tonnes of phosphoric acid, 330,000 tonnes of purified acid and 160,000 tonnes of phosphate feed.

Irene hit North Carolina on Saturday as a hurricane and swept north along the US east coast. It was downgraded to a post-tropical storm on Sunday night as it weakened over the US/Canada border.

The storm resulted in at least 25 deaths during its run through the US, according to news media reports. 

For more on PotashCorp visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Fiona Boyd
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