27 February 2013 16:15 [Source: ICIS news]
SHARM EL SHEIKH (ICIS)--Egypt-based fertilizer producer MOPCO is yet to resume construction work at its two new urea/ammonia lines, and it is not known when work at the lines will restart, a company official told ICIS on Wednesday.
Construction at the new plants, known as MOPCO 1 and 2, was expected to begin in March 2012 but was initially delayed due to protests in Damietta against the MOPCO plant last year. The delays have continued due to ongoing gas supply issues.
MOPCO's existing 600,000 tonnes/year granular urea plant was shut for most of 2012 due to protests from residents in Damietta over the environmental impact of the urea plant.
MOPCO 3 is producing urea at the moment, while 1 and 2 are awaiting construction.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Arab Fertiliser Association (AFA) conference, the official said construction work at both lines will take 10 months to complete: seven months for MOPCO 1, and three months for the second plant.
The AFA conference is being held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 26-28 February.
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