14 February 2017

Werra plant

Hattorf site temporarily resumes production

The Hattorf site of the Werra plant will resume full production on February 15th. However, current weather forecasts indicate that full production is probably only ensured for seven days. Crude salt processing at the site was suspended on January 21st due to inadequate possibilities for disposing of production wastewater.

Now that a thaw has set in in the catchment area of the Werra, the water level has risen in recent days, meaning it has been possible to reduce the amount of wastewater in the storage basins. The storage capacity that has been gained, in combination with daily injection volume and discharge into the Werra, now allows us to restart the processing facilities.

Having said which, according to current weather predications the water level of the Werra will fall again. If that occurs, it will very probably not be possible to maintain full production at the Hattorf site for longer than seven days.

About the impact of these limitations on K+S KALI GmbH’s product availability, Managing Director Alexa Hergenröther says: “We are doing our utmost to serve the currently high customer demand ahead of the spring application in Europe. But we cannot rule out limited availability across the whole range of our standard and special products temporarily. We are working intensively to improve the situation as quickly as possible in order to continue to be a reliable partner for our customers”.

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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