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Poor Profitability Forces Sasol to Consider Closure of Phosphoric Acid Plant in South Africa

7:58 AM MDT | August 18, 2009 | Deepti Ramesh

Sasol says it has initiated consultations with various stakeholders ahead of a possible closure of Sasol Nitro division’s phosphoric acid plant at Phalaborwa, South Africa. The plant manufactures phosphoric acid mainly from phosphate rock and sulfur, and it has a capacity to produce 325,000 m.t./year of phosphoric acid of which 100,000 m.t. has already been mothballed due to reduced demand, Sasol says. “Despite having explored a number of different options, to avoid the closure of the plant, current feedstock prices are at a level that has rendered...

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