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Inauguration of Petrikov Mining and Processing Plant hailed as historic day for Belarus

PETRIKOV DISTRICT (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko took part in the ceremony to inaugurate Petrikov Mining and Processing Plant of the Belaruskali potash producer on 27 August, BelTA has learned.

Taking part in the inauguration ceremony were members of the government, heads of government agencies, local officials, Belaruskali top managers and employees.

“It will not be an exaggeration to say that today is a historic day for Belarus. We are commissioning another landmark facility – Petrikov Mining and Processing Plant,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state symbolically launched the enterprise by pressing the start button on the control panel of a road header machine. The machinery operation underground was shown online.

As of 1 August 2021, the mine produced about 1.4 million tonnes of ore, while the processing plant made almost 158,000 tonnes of potash fertilizers. By now, all preparations have been completed at Petrikov Mining and Processing Plant and work is underway to build facilities of three construction stages.

In H1 2021 Belaruskali posted growth in potash production and export year-on-year. Belaruskali produced 6.496 million tonnes of potash fertilizers, up 21.8 % compared with the same stretch a year ago. In January-July 2021 the output reached 7.546 million tonnes, up 16.6 % from the same period of the previous year.

Belaruskali utilized its production capacities at 100 %. Since January 2021 the company has ramped up the output from 11.500 million tonnes to 13.150 million tonnes per year in physical terms.

In H1 2021, the production of mineral fertilizers surged by 21.7 % year-on-year, that of potash fertilizers by 21.8 %, NPK fertilizers by 12.1 %, fertilizer mixtures by 28.5 %.

In January-July 2021, the export of potash fertilizers increased by 10.4 %, or by 655,000 tonnes, and amounted to 6.980 million tonnes. The export revenues rose by 13.4 % over this period.