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MAI switches agchem plant to natural gas use

Makhteshim-Agan Industries has switched to the use of natural gas from heavy and diesel oil at its Agan plant in Ashdod, Israel. It is part of a move to cut operating costs and reduce the company’s impact on the environment, the company says. MAI has been the target of environment focused lawsuits concerning the plants ( Agrow passim). The system will be fully integrated within a month, almost ending the use of heavy and diesel oils. The changeover of the Agan facility rounds off the same transition of the Makhteshim plant in Ramat Hovav of about five months ago. The investment in connecting the Agan plant to the national gas transport network has been about NIS25 million ($6.9 million) over several years, the company says. It has signed deals with two suppliers, one as back up, to initially provide the factory with about 30,000 m 3, rising to 40,000 m 3 of natural gas per day.

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