Philippines fertilizer plants shut as a result of typhoon

14 November 2013 10:32  [Source: ICIS news]

BRISBANE (ICIS)--The extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan is becoming apparent in the Philippines, with a fertilizer plant and a copper smelter said to have suffered a direct hit, sources said on Thursday.

The Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation (Philphos) and the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR) are located at Isabel, on the western coast of the island Leyte.

Leyte, which bore the brunt of the typhoon, is also home to Tacloban city on the east coast and the epicentre of the most serious damage.

A source in the Philippines said both companies suffered a “direct hit” and are in “shambles”.

“I’m not sure what the plans are or how long it will take to repair, but they are in shutdown now,” the source said.

A source in Japan said PASAR is likely to undergo maintenance for at least six weeks, but communication was yet to be re-established with the plant.

A second source said serious damage was also sustained at Isabel port, although no details were forthcoming about a repair timeframe.

While other fertilizer producers in the region are said to be unaffected, the main rice producing island of Panay is said to have been in the path of the typhoon.

However, the northern island of Luzon, also a key cropping region, was clear of the path of the typhoon.

Before the typhoon hit, demand for the fertilizer urea was high, with buyers paying a premium for product ahead of the planting season, but future demand is yet to be determined.

Calls placed to both Philphos and PASAR could not be connected.

By: Kate Wilcock
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