Russian chemicals companies increase production of mineral fertilizers in 2013 by 2.7% year-over-year to 18.3 million tonnes, according to Russia's Federal State Statistics Service

MOSCOW , January 27, 2014 () – Russian chemicals companies increased production of mineral fertilizers 2.7% in 2013 compared with 2012 to 18.3 million tonnes, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said in a statement.

The production of nitrogen-based fertilizers was up 2% at 8.2 million tonnes and that of potash fertilizers 5.4% at 7 million tonnes. Output of phosphate fertilizers was down 1.1%, however, at 3.1 million tonnes.

The companies produced 14.4 million tonnes of ammonia in 2013, up 4.7%. Sulfuric acid production fell 6.8% to 10.3 million tonnes, and caustic soda - 4.9% to 1.041 million tonnes.

Fertilizer output grew 12.2% in December 2013 compared with December 2012 to 1.7 million tonnes. This included 800,000 tonnes of nitrogen fertilizers, up 1%; 300,000 tonnes of phosphate fertilizers, down 7.9%; and 700,000 tonnes of potash fertilizers, up 42.4%.

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