16 November 2012 05:30 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Qinghai Salt Lake Potash will halt production at its 2.4m tonne/year muriate of potash (MOP) unit this week for the unit’s annual downtime that usually lasts all through winter, a company source said on Friday.
Production at the unit was reduced starting 12 November, with the full shutdown expected this weekend, the source said.
The plant is expected to resume production in March next year, the source said.
Most MOP producers in Qinghai province in northwestern China shut their facilities during the winter season.
MOP demand in China is expected to be lower this month compared with the same period in 2011, as downstream nitrogen phosphorus potassium (NPK) plants are running at an average reduced capacity of 20%, with no plan to increase production, industry sources said.
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