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  • Stercorat has built a new production line for the production of liquid ammonium thiosulfate fertilizers in the Bratislava refinery
  • the joint investment of the partners reached 18 million Euros, the annual production capacity being 50,000 tonnes
  • the construction of the fluid fertilizer production line is in accordance with the 2030 strategy of Slovnaft and its parent company, the MOL Group – to increase the flexibility of the refineries, introduce new products, and thus expand its value chain

BRATISLAVA, 8 June 2018 – The production of fertilizers for agriculture in the Bratislava refinery will commence this year. Stercorat Hungary, in cooperation with Slovnaft, has built a new production line here for the production of fluid fertilizers. The investment of both partners reached 18 million Euros. Production will commence in June 2018, with an anticipated annual production capacity of 50,000 tonnes. The operation of this line will have a positive impact on the environment by reducing sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions.

"The expansion of the Bratislava refinery’s production portfolio is in line with our 2030 strategy to increase the production of non-fuel products. At the same time, the new product expands our value chain in oil refining, moving even closer to the end-consumers than we are today," said CEO of SLOVNAFT, a.s., Gabriel Szabó.

"Technology for the production of ammonium thiosulfate (ATS) was supplied by the American company ThioSolv. The fertilizer will be produced from gases generated in the refinery during the oil refining process. Up to this point, Slovnaft has processed these gases in its own sulphur production unit. In addition to the new product, the new technology also brings significant reductions in emissions," said the head of the Stercorat Hungary Kft. branch - SK head, Marek Hajdu.

The aim of MOL Group is to become the leading chemical company in Central Europe by 2030. In its strategy, which includes several projects at the Slovnaft refinery, it has announced that it wants to produce many more valuable products that are used, for example, in the automotive industry, construction, or the production of electronics.