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Explosion at Egypt fertiliser factory kills ten

21 March 2019

Ten workers were killed on March 21 when an ammonia tank full exploded at a fertiliser plant at Ain Sokhna in Egypt's northeastern Suez province, according to Al-Ahram. The explosion occurred during an operational test of one of the ammonia tanks inside the factory.

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Five other workers were reportedly injured by the blast, two of whom are said to be in critical condition. The injured are currently receiving treatment at the Suez General Hospital.
Quoting a local source, fertiliser industry website ICIS said the explosion took place at NCIC’s new phosphates and compound fertiliser complex, which began production earlier this year. It is expected to be begin full scale operations in late 2019.

ICIS says the facility is estimated to have an annual capacity of 450,000 tonnes of phosphoric acid, 360,000 tonnes of diammonium phosphate (DAP), 225,000 tonnes of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) and 1.14m tonnes of sulphuric acid.

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