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Russia: potash mining development




Russian fertilizer producer OJSC Silvinit (Solikamsk) plans to commence development of the Polovodovsky section of the Verkhnekamsk potassium-magnesium salt field in the Perm territory in 2009. Over the next eight to ten years Silvinit plans to invest no less that $1.5 billion into the construction of a ore processing plant at the Polovodovsky section. The plant will be able to produce 2.5 million tonnes of potash fertilizer yearly. Silvinit is the fifth largest K2O producer in the world (by capacity) and had a 2007 output of 5.46 million tonnes potash chloride (the fourth world largest KCl output after PCS, Belaruskali and Mosaic in that year). The Verkhnekamsk field of potassium and magnesium salts commercial reserves are estimated at 3.8 billion tonnes K2O of ore. In the first half 2008 Silvinit produced more than 1.7 million tonnes K2O and exported more than 1.4 million of it. Domestically they supply with potash ACRON factories, who have a minority interest in the company.



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