17 November 2011 20:09 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--MOPCO defended its environmental record on Thursday following protests on concerns that the fertilizer producer's plans to expand its Damietta plant in Egypt could harm local fisheries.
The plant was shut down on Sunday in the aftermath of protests in Damietta that resulted in a man's death.
Since starting production in 2008, MOPCO has maintained a clean environmental record and complied will all the local environmental laws, MOPCO said in a prepared statement.
“On the 11th of November 2011, civil demonstrations took place against MOPCO in Damietta, triggered by incorrect information about pollution from MOPCO’s plants,” the company said.
MOPCO’s operations in Damietta were interrupted last week, when protests broke out over the company’s planned expansions for 2012.
The company plans to build two new plants, each to produce 660,000 tonnes/year of granular urea.
Protesters have voiced concerns over emissions and possible harm to local fisheries.
“MOPCO is committed to operating in a sustainable manner and takes its social responsibility towards the people of Damietta very seriously,” the company said.
“MOPCO is currently engaged with all the parties concerned to try overcome the opposition to its operations and to assure them that MOPCO is environmentally friendly, in order to resume normal working at its plants as soon as possible,” the company added.
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