Thursday, 22 November 2012 12:47

Sasol introduces new ammonium-nitrate granulation plant

Sasol inaugurated a new R1-billion state-of-the-art limestone ammonium-nitrate granulation plant.

Sasol Nitro recently inaugurated its new limestone ammonium-nitrate (LAN) granulation plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga. The R1-billion state-of-the-art plant has a production capacity of 400 000 tons per annum. It was designed to improve the quality of LAN fertiliser granules produced, using the latest energy-efficiency and waste-minimisation technologies.

Granules produced by the new plant have harder physical properties, enhancing shelf life and narrowing particle size distribution. These product qualities improve planter dosing accuracy, enhancing the value proposition of Sasol Nitro’s LAN customers.

A high-quality product

“Sasol’s investment in this plant will ensure that a higher quality product is made available to meet the growing industry demand and, importantly, supports the company’s continued investment in the South African agricultural industry. A strong agricultural sector is critical in the delivery of the government’s broader developmental objectives and Sasol is proud to be contributing to the industry’s growth,” said André de Ruyter, senior group executive of global chemicals and North American operations at Sasol. 

“This is a significant milestone for Sasol Nitro. Our new plant represents the best technology on offer for the production of LAN fertiliser granules, ensuring customers receive only top-quality products through streamlined and customer-centric service,” said Marius Brand, managing director of Sasol Nitro.

An industry leader

Sasol Nitro is the leading manufacturer of LAN and ammonium-sulphate fertilisers in South Africa. The LAN and ammonium-sulphate fertilisers are complemented by the company’s range of ammonium nitrate- and ammonium sulphate-based NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium) fertiliser blends, both in liquid and granular form. Sasol Nitro also markets a range of speciality fertilisers.

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