Fertial's ammonia line restart in Algeria pushed back to early April

25 March 2013 17:47  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Algerian fertilizer producer Fertial on Monday confirmed an ammonia line turnaround at its Arzew plant will not be completed until 5 April, two weeks later than originally planned.

The line, which was shut down in late February after a power outage halted operations at the North African plant, was originally scheduled to resume production on 23 March.

The producer, which brought forward the turnaround from May as a result of the 28 February blackout, says the plant’s second line is entering production, while the company's ammonia facility in Annaba is running as normal after technical issues impacted operations.

A joint venture between Spain's Fertiberia and Algeria's Asmidal, Fertial produced more than 850,000 tonnes of ammonia in 2012, of which a record 750,000 tonnes was exported, mainly to markets in Europe and North Africa.

Despite the stoppages, the firm is targeting ammonia production of 840,000 tonnes in 2013.

The recent production issues have seen at least two ammonia spot cargoes sold to Spanish buyers as Fertial's customers look to source ammonia from elsewhere.

Last week, Fertiberia purchased a 10,000-tonne Back Sea cargo from NF Trading at $540/tonne (€416/tonne) FOB (free on board) Yuzhny, while an unknown buyer lifted an 11,000-tonne Egyptian cargo from Abu Qir on 21 March for shipment to the Iberian Peninsula.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Richard Ewing
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