Argus Fertilizer 2019 — Production and Logistics in the Caspian and Black Sea Region
Over 200 representatives from 90 companies and 23 countries attended the conference, held on 14-15 March in the Azeri capital Baku. Key issues addressed included production and sales.
Azerbaijan’s Socar was this year’s general partner for the conference, which was supported by Eurochem Trading Rus, Transvostok Group, Dreymoor Fertilizer Overseas, Pace Group, Wondernet Express and the Lermontov Hydrometallurgical Plant.
Mikhail Doubik, head of Argus in Russia and FSU, and Rovnag Abdullayev, president of Socar, gave the welcoming address. Abdullayev noted the successful co-operation between Argus and Socar in organising events that benefit the economy of Azerbaijan and the wider region.
The first session featured Khayal Jafarov, director of Socar’s carbamide plant, who gave an overview of the plant’s construction, capacities and prospects for product sales. He said the plant’s capacity exceeds Azerbaijan’s domestic demand, which will allow it to export a significant portion of its product output to neighbouring countries. “Turkey is currently a key importer of nitrogen fertilizers. In addition, the countries of the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions are viewed as target markets,” Jafarov said.
Frances Wollmer, head of Argus’ fertilizer consulting department, presented an overview of the global market, and Tatyana Grebennikova, head of marketing at Eurochem Trading Rus, spoke about demand in Caspian and Black Sea countries.
The second session of the conference focused on production.
Oliver Hatfield, Argus’ vice-president for fertilizer business development, presented a report on the global phosphate and potash markets.
Andrei Barbashin, a soil science researcher at Moscow State University, discussed the development of the fertilizer market in central Asia. He said a large volume of fertilizers will be exported from the region in the future, but pointed out that logistics can remain challenging.
Logistics were also covered by Murat Annamyradov, managing director of SA Global Trading. Among the topics he addressed was Turkmenistan’s potential as a fertilizer exporter.
The third session, dedicated to the sale of fertilizers from the Caspian region and central Asia, featured reports by representatives of Transvostok Group, Tracia Trading and Anagro.
Ion Nemerenco, chief executive of Tracia Trading, discussed the Romanian market. He highlighted new opportunities to import products from neighboring countries in response to insufficient domestic production and growing consumption.
Maria Bezzubova, managing partner of Anagro, gave her overview of the agrochemical sectors in Ukraine and Turkey. Consumption is on the rise in both countries, but growth rates depend on political and economic factors, she said, adding that diversification of imports into the region will continue.
The last session of the first day of the conference focused on the region’s transportation and logistics infrastructure.
Irakli Kervalishvili, founder of Pace, told the audience about plans for Pace’s transshipment complex at the Georgian port of Poti. And Jalol Avezov, financial director of Wondernet Express, spoke about new opportunities for delivering fertilizers through the trans-Caspian corridor. The session ended with a report by Rifat Sultanzade, a business development specialist at Socar, who presented a new view on development of transportation routes in the Caspian and Black Sea region.
During the second day of the conference, delegates visited Socar’s new carbamide plant. They were shown around the control room and the storage and packaging areas, where they saw the high level of process automation and learnt about the prospects for product sales.
We would like to thank all conference participants and look forward to seeing you at new Argus events!