Sasol May Shut Down Phosphoric Acid Plant | August 24, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 34 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 34 | p. 19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 24, 2009

Sasol May Shut Down Phosphoric Acid Plant

Department: Business
Keywords: Sasol, plant closing, layoffs

Fuels and chemicals maker Sasol is considering closing its phosphoric acid plant in Phalaborwa, South Africa. The facility has an annual capacity of 325,000 metric tons of phosphoric acid, most of which is sold to the fertilizer industry. Because of rising costs for its phosphate rock and sulfur feedstocks as well as falling prices for phosphoric acid, the plant will have "significant losses" this year, Sasol says. A closure would affect 245 Sasol employees and 250 contractors.

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