(Yahoo Finance/Bloomberg) - Add sulfuric acid to the list of challenges facing copper miners as the world clamors for more of the wiring metal. The compound, used to extract copper from ore, is getting harder to come by. A slowdown in oil refining during the pandemic has resulted in less availability of sulfur, a key input for the acid. At the same time, more acid made in Asia is being used locally as industries there rebound. At least one copper mine in top-producer Chile has already been impacted and spot prices have surged.
(Railway Age) - Picture a customer who receives a hefty invoice from an auto repair shop with several additional charges and no details regarding the nature of these fees. The customer is left facing the question of whether to dispute the bill, and if so, how. Such has been the experience of U.S. rail shippers in recent decades when receiving invoices from the railroads for demurrage charges, which are applied by railroads for costs incurred when shipments are held up beyond a reasonable time.
(Science Mag)- In an unwelcome twist, a global effort to curb pollution from the heavy fuel oil burned by most big ships appears to be encouraging water pollution instead. A 2020 regulation aimed at cutting sulfur emissions from ship exhaust is prompting many owners to install scrubbing systems that capture pollutants in water and then dump some or all of the waste into the sea.
(WSJ) - LONDON-- Royal Dutch Shell PLC detailed a first-of-a-kind shareholder vote over its pivot away from oil, asking investors to endorse its energy transition strategy in a nonbinding vote next month.
(Investing News) - Rio Tinto has commenced production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine site in California, United States. The demonstration plant is the next step in scaling up a breakthrough lithium production process developed at Boron, to recover the critical mineral and extract additional value out of waste piles from over 90 years of mining at the operation.
(Agriculture.com) - Ag input suppliers are betting big on microbial solutions for plant nutrition, and the Mosaic Company is one of the latest to enter the fray.
Last week, Mosaic – a producer and seller of phosphate and potash crop nutrients – entered into a strategic collaboration with AgBiome, a company with one of the world’s largest collections of diverse microbial communities. The goal is to discover, develop, and launch biological solutions to enhance soil fertility, the companies said in a press release.
TSI's strong advocacy for safe transportation and handling of sulphuric acid has been invaluable to us at NorFalco. Their independent assessment of loading and unloading procedures has helped us in working with our customers who unload rail tank cars. Additionally, TSI's interface with federal regulators and other industry associations has allowed us to review key metrics to make improvements within our safety management system.
Director, Sales and Technical Services
NorFalco, a Glencore Company
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Nutrien is the second-largest North American phosphate producer and also offers a range of sulfate-containing fertilizers to our 500,000 retail grower customers. We look to TSI's work streams to support our endeavors in helping growers around the world increase food production in a sustainable manner; our affiliation with The Sulphur Institute helps us achieve our goals.
TSI Vice Chair 2018-2019
Northbrook, Illinois, USA
Savage has been a member of TSI since 2003. Owning and operating sulphur handling facilities and transportation assets throughout North American is a large part of our business. We at Savage pride ourselves as a premium services provider in the sulphur industry. One of the primary reasons for joining and maintaining membership in TSI is the additional knowledge and experience we gain from our membership.
Savage Services Corporation
Salt Lake City, UT
Since 1964, Tiger-Sul has been a world leader in production of sulphur-containing fertilizers, correcting sulphur deficiencies in crop production and quality throughout various parts of the world. The Sulphur Institute has been instrumental in providing us with agronomic information for established as well as emerging markets. The reputation of TSI as an independent source leading sulphur research has been extremely valuable.
Don T. Cherry
President & CEO
Tiger-Sul Products LLC