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Ma'aden shuts down ammonia and DAP complex because of technical problems

7:40 AM MDT | April 29, 2013 | Natasha Alperowicz

Saudi Arabian Mining Co.’s (Ma’aden; Riyadh) subsidiary Ma’aden Phosphate (MPC) has taken its Ras Az Zawr, Saudi Arabia–based ammonia plant off-line after it “encountered technical difficulties during the plant’s start-up,” Ma'aden says. The 1.1-million m.t./year ammonia plant, onstream since early 2011, supplies feedstock to a downstream complex, which is designed to produce 2.92 million m.t./year of diammonium phosphate (DAP). The DAP plant has also been taken off-line until the company restarts the ammonia...

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