As of the 24 March 2017, full production can begin at all sites of K+S’s Werra plant - until mid-May. Further flexibility of waste water management is now being achieved as a result of the commissioning of two new storage basins at the Wintershall site.
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"Production at the Werra plant further stabilised"
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With the additional volume of 130 000 m3, the possibilities of reacting to weather-related fluctuations of the water flow in the Werra have improved and uninterrupted production will be easier to maintain.
Apart from the discharge into the river and the limited deep-well injection into the plate dolomite, the waste water disposal of the Werra plant also relies on remote disposal possibilities in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. For times of low precipitation in which such means of disposal do not suffice, the existing storage basins have proved themselves as temporary bridging. After various extension stages in previous years, the basin capacities of the Werra plant will now be expanded, by the completion of the new basins 9 and 10 (Alte Ziegelei, Heringen), to a total of 530 000 m3. Full production can thus be ensured for more than 20 days via the basins alone. Along with the additional remote means of disposal, the waste water management of the Werra plant is being effectively supplemented as a result. Full operation of all three production sites of the Werra plant is now secured until mid-May.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/potash/27032017/production-at-the-werra-plant-further-stabilised/