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A new reduction in activity announced by Azomureș – Stiri din Mures, Stiri Targu mures

The fertilizer producer Azomureş informed on Thursday, September 15, that it is adopting a new set of measures to reduce activities on the production platform for the coming months, considering the energy crisis at the European level.
Thus, according to a statement sent by the company from Mures, the companies that provide various maintenance services on the Azomures platform have been notified that their activity will be reduced by at least 30% in the coming months, with a potential direct impact on the employees of these companies. More than 200 other direct employees of Azomureş are also affected, delegation to other companies or technical unemployment being the solutions identified so far. Only essential personnel are retained for night and weekend shifts, which will reduce the income of a significant number of employees.
From an operational point of view, the installations are ready to be restarted at a capacity of 50%, if the economic reality allows, adds the quoted source.
At the same time, the Azomureş press release emphasizes that “fertilizer production was significantly reduced during 2022”, given that in Romania, natural gas prices – the main raw material – were much higher than production costs. Currently, almost 70% of European fertilizer production is stopped.
“It’s been a year since I drew attention to the problems that can arise in the industrial area, with the increase in energy prices. The values ​​started to rise since the autumn of last year, and peak levels were recorded after the Russian invasion of Ukraine – the energy market started to be very volatile after the closure of the NorthStream 1 gas pipeline. Despite the fact that Romania had a support scheme available , which other European states have applied, until now there has been no form of support for the industry that uses natural gas as a raw material in the production activity. The population is supported by capping the price of gas and electricity, but what happens if people no longer have jobs to pay the bills? Here is the greatest danger and unfortunately we are in a situation to take new measures, some of them with an impact on our employees”, said Harri Kiiski, the general director of Azomureş, quoted in the press release.
According to Azomureş representatives, the Romanian authorities will soon have at their disposal a new set of measures that can be applied to support the local industry, including that of fertilizers. “Their application represents the maintenance of thousands of active jobs and the collection of substantial revenues to the state budget, directly and indirectly through the companies that depend on the large industrial platforms. The European Commission has included the fertilizer industry in the category of ‘key’ ones, which must be kept active by providing financial support”, the press release states.
Azomureş is the most important producer of agricultural fertilizers in Romania. Azomureş also supplies raw materials (Urea and Melamine) for several industrial objectives in the country. The annual production (under normal operating conditions) is 1.6 million tons of fertilizers, approximately 75% of the production being intended for Romanian farms. Azomureş is part of the Swiss group Ameropa, one of the largest global traders of fertilizers and grains.

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