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Bangladesh: Ammonia crisis hits factories hard by ABM Aminul Islam October 12,2017   |  Source: The Daily Star

Factories reliant on ammonia have been hit hard since August 21 when the biggest supplier of the gas Jamuna Fertiliser Company stopped its delivery after a team of the Anti-Corruption Commission found anomalies in the gas distribution system. Jamuna meets 95 percent of the countrywide demand of ammonia, which is used to make fertiliser, household cleaning solutions, plastics, textiles and pesticides and dyes, industry insiders said. Jamuna started urea production at Sarishabari upazila in Jamalpur in 1991 and began selling its surplus ammonia, which is also the state-run company's intermediate product, in 2014. The anti-graft watchdog found that the fertiliser company was delivering ammonia cylinders among dealers violating rules.

At least 35 export-oriented fish processing industries, mostly shrimp, in Khulna, Chittagong and Dhaka divisions that rely on the gas to run their refrigeration system are facing serious troubles now. The crisis is now forcing cold storages in Munshiganj and milk factories in Sirajganj's Baghabari, Dhaka's Mirpur and Faridpur's Tekerhat to consume more electricity to keep the refrigeration system running. Five glass factories and 10 latex industries are now in dire need of ammonia as they in no way can go for manufacturing without the gas.


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