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Fertilizer demand update

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The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) has updated its crop-by-crop estimate of agricultural fertilizer use for the first time since 2013. Applications to soybean and oil palm have both increased sharply.

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Demand is everything. It is the engine and mainspring of any market, whatever the product. Demand is what drives sales, supply and trade. Critically for any business, it also determines sales revenues. It is equally clear that demand – and how it varies and what causes it to vary – underpins the future prospects of the whole fertilizer industry, and companies up and down the value chain. Also, when it comes to measuring and forecasting fertilizer demand, fully understanding the influence of crop growing – nationally, regionally and globally – is essential. Keywords: Crop demand, International Fertilizer Association, IFA, Fertilizer, Fertilizers, Consumption, Crops, Wheat, Rice, Corn, Maize, Cereals, Soybean, Palm oil, Oilseeds, Fibre, Sugar cane, Sugar beet, Roots, Tubers, Grassland, Potash, Nitrogen, Phosphate, Phosphorus, China, India, United States, US, EU, European Union, Brazil

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Low-carbon ammonia and urea production

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Could the European nitrogen industry become carbon-neutral by 2050? That is the searching question posed in a landmark study from Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. We examine the current and future viability of low-carbon ammonia and urea synthesis and the main technology options.

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As a basic chemical, ammonia is second only to sulphuric acid in terms of global, industrial-scale production. Europe, for example, currently manufactures around 17 million tonnes of ammonia annually. More than 80 percent of the world’s primary ammonia output is consumed downstream in fertilizer production, principally urea manufacture. A further five percent goes towards making nitric acid. Keywords: Low-carbon technology, Ammonia, Urea, Production, Costs, Energy demand, Carbon reduction, Carbon emissions, Climate change, Carbon capture and use, CCU, Capex, Opex, Cefic, Dechema, Yara, Casale, Stamicarbon, Saipem, OCI, EU, Circular economy, Electrolysis, Power to ammonia, Steam methane reforming, SMR

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Phosphates state of play

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We take stock of the phosphates market ahead of CRU's Phosphates 2018 conference in Marrakech. The recent emergence of large-scale, low-cost production capacity in Morocco and Saudi Arabia has been one of the main supply-side developments. Last year's phosphates price rally eventually ran out of steam, as widely predicted, although subsequent market tightness and rising raw materials costs did provide some price support in the fourth quarter and into 2018.

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Market conditions for phosphate fertilizers over the last 12 months can be broadly encapsulated in just two words: Price volatility. The marked upswings and downswings in the Tampa DAP (diammonium phosphate) f.o.b. price benchmark illustrate what has been a rollercoaster year for finished phosphates prices. Keywords: Phosphates market report, Phosphates, DAP, Diammonium phosphate, MAP, Monoammonium phosphate, Price, Volatility, Market, Imports, Exports, Demand, Production, Deliveries, Sulphur, Ammonia, China, Morocco, Unites States, US, Russia, Brazil, India, China, Ma’aden, OCP, Mosaic, PhosAgro, CRU

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Saudi Arabia's phosphate megaproject

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Ma'aden Wa'ad Al-Shamal Phosphate Company (MWSPC) finally began producing phosphate fertilizers from its Umm Wu'al project in Saudi Arabia in the third quarter of last year. The $8 billion megaproject, a joint venture between Ma'aden, Mosaic and SABIC, enters operation as one of the lowest cost producers of finished phosphates in the world.

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August last year saw Saudi Arabia successfully complete one of the largest and most challenging fertilizer industry construction projects of modern times. Four years on from its inception and after eight billion dollars of capital investment – not to mention the millions of hours worked by thousands of workers drawn from over 50 countries – the Ma’aden Wa’ad Al-Shamal Phosphate Company (MWSPC) finally delivered its first production tonnages of phosphate fertilizers. Keywords: Saudi Arabia, Project profile, Ma’aden Wa’ad Al-Shamal Phosphate Company, MWSPC, Wa’ad Al-Shamal, WAS, Ras Al-Khair, Umm Wu’al, Ma’aden, MPC, Mosaic, Sabic, Fluor, SNC-Lavalin, Sinopec, MECS, Tenova, Jacobs, Hanwha, HQC, Daelim, thyssenkrupp, Intecsa, Incro, Dragados Gulf Construction, Phosphates, Fertilizer, DAP, Diammonium phosphate, Beneficiation, Sulphuric acid, Phosphoric acid, Sulphur, Ammonia, NPK, Production, Capacity, Investment, Engineering, procurement and construction, EPC, EPCM

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Aliphos regains its crown

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2018 is set to be a landmark year for Aliphos. The firm, part of the innovative phosphate technology and engineering group EcoPhos, is poised, once again, to become Europe's largest feed phosphates producer.

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Aliphos is on course to regain its position as Europe’s largest feed phosphates producer, thanks to extra capacity from the company’s new e75 million plant in Dunkirk, France. The 220,000 tonne capacity Dical®+ (dicalcium phosphate dihydrate) Dunkirk plant has entered commissioning and is expected to ramp-up to full production by mid-2018. The new plant will initially serve the local French and wider European feed phosphates market, with the potential to eventually export outside of the continent through the port of Dunkirk. Keywords: Company profile, Aliphos, EcoPhos, Europe, France, Dunkirk, Technology, Feed phosphates, Dical+, DCP, Dicalcium phosphate, Monocalcium phosphate, MCP, Poultry, Animal nutrition

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Phosphates project listing

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Fertilizer International in collaboration with Integer Research presents a round-up of new phosphate rock, phosphoric acid and finished phosphates projects.

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Keywords: Project listing, Projects, Phosphate, Finished phosphates, Phosphoric acid, Phosphate rock

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Usolskiy enters production

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The first phase of EuroChem Group's $3 billion Usolskiy potash project in Russia's Perm region is on the verge of production. We provide an update on Usolskiy's progress, and report on the latest developments at its sister VolgaKaliy project in the Volgograd region.

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With just a handful of major suppliers, the global potash market is routinely described – fairly or unfairly – as an oligopoly. But a new entrant may be about to change such preconceptions. EuroChem Group is very close to delivering on its ambition to break into the potash market as a world-scale producer – and looks set to becoming self-sufficient in potash, as well as a major global exporter in the process. In a landmark moment, the first phase of the company’s $3 billion Usolskiy mine and beneficiation complex in Russia’s Perm region is set to enter production in late February or early March this year. Keywords: EuroChem update, EuroChem, Potash, MOP, Muriate of Potash, Mining, Beneficiation, Processing, Projects, Investment, Production, Distribution, Transport, Export, Black Sea, Ust-Luga, Tuapse, Antwerp Nevinnomysskiy Azot, VolgaKaliy, Russia, Perm, Volgograd

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