Fertiliser Focus – 10th August 2020

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Beirut Explosion

The catastrophic deadly potential of Ammonium Nitrate was broadcast to the world on Tuesday 4th August. In time, there are many questions to be answered as to how 2,750 tonnes came to be stored for so long, and so close to a major city with a population of over 1M people, for the moment our thoughts are with families waiting for news of loved ones. The incident is a reminder that while many of our lives are filled with form filling and regulations, the clear HD clips of the explosion and blast wave show what can happen if certain conditions combine at the wrong time in the wrong place. Here in the UK the explosion has focussed attention at the storage of A.N, and the essential need to store it properly. All FACTS qualified advisers are aware of storage requirements for A.N and all oxidising agents, which are any fertilisers with the yellow diamond below:

UK Government guidance on storing of all fertilisers can be found by clicking below:


The Five Point Plan pictured in the next column should also be followed, see below:-



Five Point Plan

More Useful Documents

Storing and Handling Ammonium Nitrate


Notification of Ammonium Nitrate Storage


Economic Data as at close on Friday 7th August v (31st July 2020)
£ = $1.3050 ($ 1.3086) £ = € 1.1069 (€ 1.1110) Crude Oil = $ 44.46 ($ 43.35) Natural Gas = $2.19 ($1.81). Please treat pricing on graphs as a guide, please use quote request form for an up to date price.