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Potash

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 7
Summary 8
Introduction 10
Geological occurrence, mining, and beneficiation 12
Geological occurrence 12
Beneficiation 13
Potassium chloride 13
Potassium sulfate 14
Potassium sulfate ores 14
Langbeinite ore 14
Kainite ore 14
Hartsalz ore 14
Potassium sulfate manufacture 14
Mannheim process 14
Hargreaves process 14
Trona process (from Searles Lake brines) 15
Potassium magnesium sulfate 15
Potassium nitrate 15
Nitric acid and potassium chloride 16
Sodium nitrate and potassium chloride 16
Nitrogen dioxide and potassium chloride 16
Ammonium nitrate and potassium chloride 17
Phosphoric, nitric acids, and potassium chloride 17
Phosphoric acid, ammonium nitrate, and potassium chloride 17
Environmental issues 18
Supply and demand by region 19
World 19
Reserves 19
Salient statistics 19
Capacity 20
Production 21
Consumption 23
Price 24
Trade 24
United States 27
Producing companies 27
Salient statistics 30
Production 30
Consumption 31
Fertilizer 32
Industrial 34
Price 34
Trade 35
Canada 37
Producing companies 37
Salient statistics 42
Production 43
Consumption 43
Price 44
Trade 45
Mexico 45
Producing companies 45
Salient statistics 45
Consumption 46
Trade 46
Central and South America 47
Producing companies 47
Salient statistics 51
Production 51
Consumption 52
Price 53
Trade 54
Western Europe 55
Producing companies 55
Salient statistics 60
Production 60
Consumption 61
Price 63
Trade 63
Central Europe 65
Producing companies 65
Salient statistics 65
Consumption 66
Trade 67
CIS and Baltic States 69
Producing companies 69
Salient statistics 73
Production 74
Consumption 74
Price 75
Trade 75
Middle East 77
Producing companies 77
Salient statistics 79
Production 80
Consumption 81
Price 82
Trade 82
Africa 84
Producing companies 84
Salient statistics 84
Consumption 85
Trade 86
Indian Subcontinent 88
Producing companies 88
Salient statistics 88
Consumption 89
Trade 90
Northeast Asia 92
Mainland China 92
Producing companies 92
Salient statistics 94
Production 95
Consumption 97
Price 98
Trade 98
Japan 99
Producing companies 99
Salient statistics 99
Consumption 100
Trade 100
Other Northeast Asia 101
Producing companies 101
Salient statistics 101
Consumption 102
Trade 103
Southeast Asia and Oceania 105
Southeast Asia 105
Producing companies 105
Salient statistics 105
Consumption 106
Trade 107
Oceania 109
Producing companies 110
Salient statistics 110
Consumption 111
Trade 112
Additional resources 114
Revisions 115
Data Workbook 116
Notice 117
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