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Maintenance begins at Belaruskali’s MOP mine

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Global Mining Review,

According to Argus Media, Belarusian state-owned potash producer Belaruskali commenced 14 days of planned maintenance at its fourth muriate of potash (MOP) mine on 30 July.

Belaruskali is also planning to carry out repairs on its first and third mines in September and October.

The company has announced that the company is to run at a minimum 70% of production capacity in August.

Belaruskali made a series of equipment maintenance and repair process improvements last year that have reduced turnaround times and increased output. Turnaround times at Belaruskali's production facilities have been reduced to 10 - 14 days from 21 days. From now on, the producer aims to perform maintenance every two years instead of approximately every year.

Belaruskali plans to install a new vacuum crystalliser at its fourth production facility. The company previously said it expects the project to be completed by mid-2018, resulting in a 30% increase in white MOP production. Production unit 4 is Belaruskali's only facility that can produce white MOP.

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