Power cut forces Ukraine's OPZ to suspend ammonia, urea output

13 March 2013 13:47  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Ukrainian fertilizer producer Odessa Port Plant (OPZ) has been forced to suspend ammonia and urea production at its Yuzhny plant because of power supply issues, a company source confirmed on Wednesday.

The unplanned outage occurred on Sunday (10 March) and is expected to last until at least this Saturday or Sunday (16/17 March).

OPZ has yet to disclose what effect, if any, the power problems will have on scheduled ammonia and urea loadings this month.

“We had a breakdown on Sunday and our two ammonia lines and two urea lines are not working,” said the source. “The problem is due to power supply issues, but we hope to restart production of all four lines by this Sunday at the latest.”

OPZ normally exports 50,000 tonnes of ammonia per month from the Black Sea port, but may have sufficient stock in its tanks to press ahead with its original loading schedule.

By: Richard Ewing
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