ICL expands polyhalite production and books volumes to China


ICL Boulby in the UK is ramping up production of polyhalite – marketed as polysulphate – towards a target of reaching 1 million tonnes per year by the end of 2020. Production for 2019 is expected to reach 700,000 t.

The company’s mine in East Cleveland is the world’s first and currently only producer of the mineral polyhalite. ICL is now using the polyhalite as a base for its recently-launched FertilizerpluS range of fertilizers, which include sulphur, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Polyhalite is already sold in countries worldwide and recently ICL concluded a supply agreement with customers in China. In its statement 25 February, ICL Boulby said this agreement was for a total of 89,000 tonnes to be supplied through 2019. According to the company, there is strong interest in China on the benefits it can offer and already ICL is producing two products – Megapoly and Sofipoly – specifically for the Chinese market.

Other markets for polyhalite-based products include Poland. ICL Boulby said in January 2019 that the first shipment of ICL PKpluS had arrived in Poland, and this was produced using polyhalite from Boulby. PKpluS is produced at ICL plants in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and in Ludwigshafen, Germany, according to the company.

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