Canada PotashCorp seeks site for sulphur remelt plant

20 January 2012 19:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canada-based fertilizer producer PotashCorp is evaluating several possible sites for a sulphur remelt facility, sources said on Friday.

PotashCorp said changes in the sulphur industry have made it necessary for it to build a sulphur storage and melting facility to support consumption requirements at its Aurora, North Carolina, production complex.

PotashCorp consumes around 2m tonnes/year of sulphur in North America to make phosphate fertilizers, according to ICIS PentaSul.

The company said domestic sulphur producers are increasingly shifting from supplying molten sulphur to the domestic market to exporting solid product to offshore markets.

Constructing the facility would help ensure secure supply and minimise possible shortages and interruptions in production, the company said.

PotashCorp confirmed that one of the locations it is considering is in Portsmouth, Virginia.

According to media reports, over 300 residents attended a public hearing this week to voice opposition to the project.

This is the company’s second known attempt to secure a specific location for the project.

In August 2011, PotashCorp decided not to proceed with the proposed project at Morehead City, North Carolina, because of public opposition primarily over environmental concerns.

The company said that if a location is secured, it will comply with all legal and environmental obligations and ensure full transparency throughout the regulatory process

By: Fiona Boyd
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