Phosphate segment – upstream
Apatit’s Kirovsk Branch mines, beneficiates and processes apatite-nepheline ore into phosphate rock and nepheline concentrate.
Phosphate rock is processed by Apatit in Cherepovets and its branches in Balakovo and Volkhov. Apatit manufactures both phosphate and nitrogen fertilizers. In addition to phosphate-based fertilizers, its Balakovo branch makes feed monocalcium phosphate (MCP), while the Volkhov branch specialises in such complex fertilizer grades as PKS, NPKS and NPK, and industrial phosphates, including sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP).
In 2019, Apatit’s Kirovsk branch mined 38.05 mt of apatite-nepheline ore and produced 10.51 mt of phosphate rock, representing an increase of 4.4%, or 0.44 mt, on the previous year and a record high for the past 25 years.
Internal phosphate rock consumption was at 69%, or 7.3 mt, vs 71%, or 7.
We expect a number of major investment projects to help us achieve consistent cost reduction in the upstream segment. These embrace efforts to re-equip the main shaft No. 1 and implement an in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC) system at the Vostochny mine.
We will continue to optimise processing volumes and improve the quality of our low-cost phosphate rock, expecting to increase its output from the current 10.5 mt to over 11 mt.
|Deposit|| Balance reserves, kt |
(А + В + С1)
| Average P2O5 |
|Kirovsky mine||Kukisvumchorr and Yukspor deposits||31 December 2025|
|Vostochny mine||Koashva deposit||31 December 2038|
|Njorkpahk deposit||31 December 2063|
|Rasvumchorrsky mine||Apatitovy Cirque and Rasvumchorr Plateau deposits||1 January 2024|
|Tsentralny mine||Rasvumchorr Plateau deposit||31 December 2020|
|Geological survey, exploration and mining licenses|
|Plot Plateau||14 December 2040|
|Iyolitovy otrog deposit||1 February 2024|