13 March 2013 17:36 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Algerian fertilizer producer Fertial has launched a three-week turnaround on an ammonia line at its Arzew plant after a power outage forced it to abruptly suspend production, a senior executive confirmed on Wednesday.
Routine maintenance on the North African plant's ammonia line No.1 was due to take place in May but was brought forward after the unplanned power outage on 28 February, disclosed Fertial managing director, Jorge Requena.
He added the work is due to be concluded on 23 March, while the plant’s ammonia line No.2 was restarted on 5 March after the energy supply issues were resolved.
Meanwhile, Requena said production at the firm's Annaba plant has been running smoothly since 6 March following various technical problems that have cost it about five weeks of lost production since mid-January.
Fertial – a joint venture between Spain's Fertiberia and Algeria's Asmidal – produced more than 850,000 tonnes of ammonia last year. Of that total, a record 750,000 tonnes was exported, mainly to markets in Europe and North Africa.
Despite the recent unplanned stoppages, the firm is targeting ammonia production of 840,000 tonnes in 2013, Requena added.
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