29 April 2013 10:24 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Ma’aden Phosphate Co (MPC) halted production of diammonium phosphate (DAP) at Ras Al Khair in Saudi Arabia as an upstream ammonia plant at the site had to be taken off line days after the unit restarted because of technical problems.
“MPC has encountered technical difficulties during the start-up of its ammonia plant which led into the ammonia plant shutdown,” the company’s parent firm Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden) said on Monday in a filing to the Saudi Stock Exchange.
The ammonia plant was restarted on 20 April, following an unexpected shutdown on 1 April, during which time, the DAP plant continued to operate as MPC had enough ammonia inventory.
This time, however, the DAP plant has temporarily discontinued production until the ammonia plant can restart, Ma’aden said.
The Ras Al Khair site can produce about 3m tonnes/year of granular DAP and a surplus ammonia of 400,000 tonnes/year, according to the company’s website.
“MPC will use the shutdown as an opportunity to carry out scheduled maintenance [at the unit] due in May which should help to reduce the financial impact expected in the second quarter 2013,” Ma’aden said in the statement.
MPC is a 70:30 joint venture between Ma’aden and Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC.
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