Zululand Observer newspaper reported about the serious fire that has broken out at the sulphur terminal in Richards Bay (Foskor). It was reported by Grindrod Terminals to the Richards Bay Clean Air Association (RBCAA) at about 1.45pm on 10 June 2020. It was reported that the Foskor fire department was on the scene and uMhlathuze traffic officials were diverting motorists from the harbour past Bayside.
WATCH: Huge fire at Richards Bay sulphur terminal
Officials of the Fire Department of the City of uMhlathuze, assisted by Foskor’s own firefighting services, has managed to halt the spread of a serious fire at the plant that will result in millions of rands worth of loss, damage and repair. It was started at Foskor’s sulphur conveyor at around 1.30pm and extended from the transfer station onto the phosphate rock conveyor line. Large sections of the conveyor system was completely destroyed.
Foskor is a proudly South African producer of phosphates and phosphoric acid with international exposure. Foskor unlocks shareholder value through the profitable, responsible and sustainable beneficiation of phosphate rock into either phosphoric acid or phosphate-based granular fertilisers sold globally.
Foskor is the only vertically integrated phosphate producer in South Africa. From phosphate-bearing ores, the operations in the Mining Division process phosphate rock concentrate, which is crucial for stimulating and raising crop yields. The Acid Division Plant manufactures sulphuric acid, phosphoric acid and phosphate-based granular fertilisers (MAP and DAP) by using phosphate rock as a raw material.
About 84% of Mining Division’s phosphate rock concentrate is railed to Acid Division and the rest is sold externally. The Acid Division exports phosphoric acid to India, Japan, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Mexico and Dubai. Phosphoric acid has agricultural, industrial, medical and retail applications. Products made from phosphoric acid include catalysts, rust proofing materials, chemical reagents, latex, dental cements, tooth whiteners, toothpaste, disinfectants, food supplements, carbonated beverages, waxes, polishes and animal feeds, among others.
Agricultural Training Learnership
Ten Madlanzini youth are benefitting from an agricultural training learnership programme rolled out by community skills development initiative, Beautiful Pillars Projects. The project is driven by local businesswoman Nonhlanhla Ngonyama, who has earmarked a site in Madlanzini to erect a community skills centre which will provide learnership opportunities in plumbing, catering, agriculture and welding. At the launch, local corporates and businesses pledged their support to the venture.
Foskor Richards Bay donated gardening equipment and tools, while Umfolozi TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) pledged their support and expertise to the skills centre.
Triomf Fertilizer establishes fertilizer production at Richards Bay
Triomf and non-nitrogen interests of AE&CI (later to become AECI) join forces
Triomf and AECI separate interests. Triomf retains Richards Bay
Kynoch Fertlizers takes over the local interest of Triomf
Indian Ocean Fertilizer (Pty) Ltd. (IOF) takes over Richards Bay plant
Foskor becomes a shareholder in IOF
Foskor obtains entire shareholding of IOF. IOF becomes a wholly own subsidiary of Foskor. Name changed to Foskor Richards Bay.