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Sulfuric acid supply to Conda phosphate business disrupted

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World Fertilizer,

Itafos has announced a disruption in sulfuric acid supply to the Conda phosphate business in Idaho, US, from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott mine in Utah, US.

Conda fulfills approximately 40% of its sulfuric acid requirements from volumes produced internally and approximately 60% from a combination of volumes received from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott mine under a long-term supply agreement and volumes procured from other third-party producers. On 28 September 2021, Rio Tinto announced that it has declared force majeure on shipments of copper cathode and sulfuric acid from its Kennecott mine after the smelter was shut down on 21 September 2021 following a release of molten copper materials. Rio Tinto is currently assessing the work needed to safely restart operations at the smelter and is working closely with their customers to minimise any impacts.

The company is evaluating the overall expected impact of such sulfuric acid supply disruption, including whether an update on its guidance for 2021 is warranted.

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