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Protests Force Shutdown of Agrium and Methanex Plants in Egypt

7:27 AM MST | November 18, 2011 | —IAN YOUNG

Methanex and Agrium each say they have suspended production at manufacturing joint ventures at Damietta, Egypt due to civil unrest. Demonstrators had been protesting alleged pollution from Agrium’s Mopco jv and an ongoing project to expand the plant’s capacity, and the protests escalated into violent clashes with the Egyptian army, local press reports say. The shutdowns follow an order from Egypt’s ruling military council, the reports add. Methanex and Agrium had not confirmed the reports by CW press time. Mopco is a nitrogen fertilizer jv, in which Agrium...

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