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IHS: Russia-Ukraine standoff could disrupt nitrogen fertilizer market

5:46 AM MDT | March 10, 2014 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

An escalation of the political conflict between Russia and Ukraine risks disrupting the production and exports of fertilizers and ammonia from the Black Sea, which could create fears of supply deficits and cause market jitters, leading to price increases, says IHS Chemical. Ukraine is a major player in ammonia, urea, and other nitrogen-based fertilizer products. A 33% reduction, to $270/1,000 cubic meters, in gas prices secured from Gazprom (Moscow) prior to the political unrest had provided Ukraine with a competitive advantage for its ammonia-urea production...

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