Poland's Grupa Azoty targets polyhalite deposits for specialty ferts

30 December 2013 16:09 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Grupa Azoty's range of specialty fertilizers could be transformed if deposits of the mineral polyhalite located in Poland's Gulf of Gdansk can be successfully exploited, the Polish company said on Monday.

Fosfory Gdansk, a mineral fertilizer unit of Grupa Azoty subsidiary Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP), has linked up with Polish copper miner KGHM to explore four Gulf of Gdansk deposits of polyhalite – a hydrated sulphate of potassium, calcium and magnesium – that were identified by surveys carried out from 1964 to 1971, it added.

The surveys determined that the deposits could run to 597m tonnes of polyhalite, Azoty, Europe's second largest fertilizer producer and Poland's largest chemical producer, said.

The cooperation between Fosfory Gdansk and KGHM could extend to exploring for other fertilizer and chemical feedstocks beyond Poland, the company added.

Under its revamped commitment to vertically integrate and diversify feedstocks, Grupa Azoty in September agreed to acquire the Polish treasury ministry’s 85% stake in Zaklady Chemiczne Siarkopol, Poland's only sulphur mining company.

In October, Grupa Azoty multi-component fertilizer producer Zaklady Chemiczne Police (ZChP) received its first two shipments of phosphorites from Senegal's African Investment Group, a mining company it acquired control of in August.

By Will Conroy