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Turkish market report

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Turkey's thriving agricultural sector has created a large and dynamic fertilizer market at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. We report on Turkey's fertilizer market, and how the 2016 nitrates ban has affected production and imports.

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Agricultural powerhouse Turkey is the world’s seventh-largest agricultural producer and has the largest agricultural sector in the OECD. Some 24 million hectares of land are devoted to agriculture – half the country’s total land area – with more than 85 percent of this land being dedicated to arable farming. A further 22 million hectares is in pasture or meadow, and forests cover an additional 14 million hectares. There are over three million agricultural enterprises nationally and average farm size is around six hectares1. Keywords: Country profile; Turkey; Turkish; Market; Fertilizers; Market; Supply ; Demand; Outlook; Production; Producers; Products; Consumption; Imports; Exports; Agriculture; Crops; Nitrates; Ban; VAT; Currency; Devaluation; Ammonium nitrate; AN; Ammonium sulphate; AS; Calcium ammonium nitrate; CAN; Potassium nitrate; NOP; Urea; Diammonium phosphate; DAP; Potash; Phosphate; NPKs; NP; Toros Agri; Eti Bakir; Mazıdagı

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Trace the product, not the packaging

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A number of fertilizer manufacturers have received an innovative DNA tagging system developed by Californian technology company SafeTraces. This ground-breaking system rapidly produces a unique DNA barcode that is sprayed onto fertilizer as each bag is filled. DNA tagging, when paired with blockchain technology, provides an unmatched level of traceability, as Anthony Zografos, the company's CEO and founder, explains.

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The ground-breaking DNA tagging system from SafeTraces has already been deployed to fertilizer manufacturing plants in Europe and the Middle East. The system, known as D-ART 3000, can be seamlessly integrated into manufacturing lines for products of any size, solid or liquid, including a wide range of agricultural inputs. Keywords: DNA; Tagging; Tracing; Tracking; Barcodes; SafeTraces; Fertilizers; Blockchain; Traceability; Safety; Security; Supply chain; Distribution; Adulteration; Turkey; Nitrates; Ban; Ammonium nitrate; AN; safeTracers

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Plant revamp experts

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We profile some of the leading players in the global ammonia and urea plant revamp business, including Casale, Johnson Matthey, KBR and Stamicarbon.

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Inevitably, the relative productions costs of nitrogen plants rise and become less competitive over time as they age and their technology becomes increasingly outmoded. Newly-constructed plants, in contrast, have an immediate cost advantage over their older rivals. They are typically larger in scale, incorporate the latest technology, and are often specifically located to benefit from lower feedstock costs. Keywords: Production ; Technology; Plants; Revamping; Revamps; Upgrades; Debottlenecking; Debottlenecks; Refurbishment; Modernisation; Expansions; Capacity; Energy; Efficiency; Savings; Emissions; Nitrogen; Urea; Ammonia; Casale; Johnson Matthey; KBR; Stamicarbon; Fertilizer; Handling; Bagging; Blending; Loading; Continuous; Batch; Coatings; Micronutrients; Blends; Shiploaders; Portal reclaimers; Precision; Small bags; Big bags; Equipment; Plants; Technology; Contracts; Orders; Projects; Yara; Borealis; Ameco; Sackett-Waconia; Bedeschi; EMT; BBH; Bag & Bulk Handling

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Middle East and North Africa phosphate rock to feed the future

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CRU are forecasting increases to both phosphate rock supply and demand over the medium-term. Rock superpowers the United States and China will decline in relative importance, while the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region will continue to rise. Although some regulatory challenges lie ahead, MENA's advantageous cost position will see the region become increasingly important in feeding a growing population in the future. CRU's Alexander Derricott and Glen Kurokawa summarise the latest trends and developments in the phosphate rock market.

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Phosphate rock is a critical resource and – as a key nutrient source – will continue to play a vital role in feeding the world in the future. It is also the most important cost component in phosphate fertilizer production. Monitoring the rock market is therefore essential. Keywords: Phosphate rock; Trends; Market; Outlook; Production; Capacity; Supply; Imports; Exports; Consumption; India; Indonesia; China; United States; US; Morocco; Saudi Arabia; OCP; Ma’aden; Jorf Lasfar; Wa’ad Al-Shamal; Middle East; North Africa; MENA

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Phosphate pipe dreams become a reality

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Long-distance slurry pipelines installed by OCP and JR Simplot have delivered significant economic, environmental and security benefits.

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Bigger, better, cheaper When it comes to transporting minerals over large distances, slurry pipelines offer clear economic, environmental and security advantages over the rail and road alternatives. For one thing, pipelines can shift far greater tonnages – in the region of 15-40 million tonnes annually. Keywords: Mineral transport systems; Phosphates; Rock; Ore; Minerals; Long distance ; Slurry; Pipelines ; Transportation; Costs; Flow; Density; Pressure; Monitoring; Centrifugal; Pumps; Pumping; Construction; Operation; OCP; Simplot; Morocco; United States; US; Jorf Lasfar; Khouribga; Smoky Canyon; Vernal; Rock Springs; Conda; Don; Pocatello; Idaho; Wyoming; Utah; Paterson & Cooke; Weir Minerals; Rosen

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Weir Minerals: slurry transport experts

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The efficient and reliable operation of long-distance slurry pipelines depends on high performance pumps, explains Weir Minerals. The company is renowned for its robust Warman® range of centrifugal slurry pumps and advanced GEHO® positive displacement pumps.

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Transporting minerals as a slurry through long-distance pipelines is more efficient than the traditional methods of carrying minerals by road or rail. The advantages of pipelines become even more pronounced when mines are located in remote areas. Keywords: Mineral transport systems; MTS; Conveyor; Tunnel; Minerals; Transportation; Costs; Long distance; Slurry; Pipelines; Flow ; Velocity; Settling; Particle size; Density; Abrasion; Wear; Corrosion; Efficiency; Materials; Technology; Engineering; Performance; Testing ; Equipment; High pressure; Centrifugal; Positive displacement; Pumps ; Pumping; Weir Minerals; Geho; Warman

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Going underground with Sirius Minerals

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Sirius Minerals has started constructing its long-distance, large-scale mineral transport system (MTS). This 37 kilometre underground tunnel will invisibly convey millions of tonnes of polyhalite from the company's Woodsmith Mine in the North York Moors National Park all the way to its Teesside processing plant on the UK's North Sea coast. The MTS avoids the noise, light and emissions impacts of other transportation options such as a rail or road transport, as Maurice Rankin from Sirius Minerals explains.

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£3bn capital project Polyhalite is a valuable natural source of potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and micronutrients. Sirius Minerals is planning to mine and sell polyhalite to customers around the world as a multi-nutrient, low-chloride fertilizer with a low environmental impact. Keywords: Mineral transport systems; MTS; Transportation; Minerals; Sirius Minerals; Strabag; Herrenknecht; Tunnel; Boring machines; TBMs; Tunelling; Underground; Conveyor; UK; Yorkshire; Whitby; Teesside; Wilton; Lockwood Beck; Woodsmith mine; North Sea; National park; North York Moors; Polyhalite; POLY4

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43rd Annual Clearwater Convention

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The AIChE's 43nd International Phosphate Fertilizer & Sulfuric Acid Technology Conference was held at its usual venue, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, on Florida's Gulf coast on 7-8 June.

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For more than 40 years now, industry engineers have gathered at Florida’s idyllic Clearwater Beach for the AIChE’s two-day annual convention on sulphuric acid and phosphate fertilizer technology. The convention, which is always run on a Friday and Saturday, is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and ability to combine business with friendship, food and family. The usual eclectic of mix of international and North American delegates attended the 2019 convention. Keywords: Conference; Review; 43rd; Clearwater; Convention; 2019; AIChE; Florida; Suez; ChemTreat; ArrMaz; Mosaic; Hatch; Jacobs; Worley; University of South Florida; Philadelphia Mixing Solutions; Nalco; Ardaman; Lightnin Mixers; Sulzer; SGL

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The unique benefits of potassium nitrate

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Potassium nitrate is a highly soluble source of two major essential plant nutrients. It has become the fertilizer of choice for high-value crops that prefer nitrate nutrition and a chloride-free source of potassium. Market demand for these fertilization properties is being met by a growing range of fertigation and foliar products.

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Potassium nitrate (KNO3) is a soluble source of two major and essential plant nutrients. It is typically marketed as a speciality NK (13-0-45) fertilizer for high-value crops that prefer chloride-free potassium and the nitrate form of nitrogen. Keywords: Water soluble; Fertilizers; Potassium nitrate ; NOP; Nitrogen Production; Producers; Products; Production; Primary; Secondary; Demand; Consumption; Fertigation; Foliar; Low chloride; Chloride free; Agronomy; Properties; Kempaco; SQM; Uralchem; Yara; Haifa; Kingenta; Wentong; Migao; Prayon; Hortipray; Multi-K; Ultrasol; Qrop; Coya Sur; Atacama; Chile; Jordan; China; Israel; Russia

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Handling, bagging and blending

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An update on the latest in fertilizer handling, bagging and blending, including new contracts, company news and advances in technology.

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New portal reclaimer for SOCAR AMECO has over 80 years of experience in the bulk handling business. Notably, the company designed and manufactured the world’s first portal reclaimer for Morocco’s phosphate mines in 1965. The Alsace-based French firm also went on to start-up the first portal reclaimer in the United States in 1969. Keywords: Fertilizer; Handling; Bagging; Blending; Loading; Continuous; Batch; Coatings; Micronutrients; Blends; Shiploaders; Portal reclaimers; Precision; Small bags; Big bags; Equipment; Plants; Technology; Contracts; Orders; Projects; Yara; Borealis; Ameco; Sackett-Waconia; Bedeschi; EMT; BBH; Bag & Bulk; Handling

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