28 November 2016

Fire Causes Damage

Resumption of Production at Hattorf Site Delayed

During the start-up of factory operations, a fire broke out at the Hattorf site last Friday causing damage to the process control system power supply. Based on current information, repairs will take three to four weeks. During that time, it will not be possible to resume production as planned.

Plant firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire. No one was injured. However, damage was caused to the power supply for the central process control system, which controls the processing plant operations.

The production of Epsom salt from intermediate products supplied has not been affected by the damage as that takes place in a separate operational section of the Hattorf site. Production at the two other Werra plant sites, Wintershall and Unterbreizbach, is continuing normally.

The employees affected, so far as possible, will be deployed at other sites. The damage will be covered by the property and business interruption insurance held by the K+S Group. The insurance policy provides for the reimbursement of the costs of repairs to any property damaged as well as of any costs resulting from the interruption of business operations that can be evidenced.

About K+S KALI GmbH

K+S KALI GmbH based in Kassel extracts crude salts containing potassium, magnesium and sulphur from its six mines in Germany. These are used to produce a wide range of fertiliser specialties and preliminary products for many different technical, industrial and pharmaceutical applications. K+S KALI GmbH is one of the world’s leading suppliers of potash and magnesium products. The company belonging to the K+S Group employs about 8,000 people.

You can find further information about K+S KALI GmbH on the company website at www.kali-gmbh.com.

Ulrich Göbel

Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722

Ulrich Göbel
Spokesman German Sites/Group Companies

Bertha-von-Suttner Str. 7
34131 Kassel

Phone: +49 561 9301 1722
Fax: +49 561 9301 1666

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