On 24 May, Sinochem Fertilizer Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinofert, and Shell Sulphur Solutions announced to have entered into a technical co-operation agreement to conduct trials Shell Thiogro at one of Sinofert’s affiliated production plants.
Sulphur is a major plant nutrient and is essential for sustained healthy plant growth. Soil sulphur deficiency is recognized to be a significant factor in inhibiting optimal crop yields in many parts of the world, including China. Patented Shell Thiogro technologies have been developed to allow the incorporation of micron sized particles of elemental sulphur within the world’s most widely used phosphate fertilizers, such as MAP, DAP and NPK’s. It will help progressive fertilizer manufacturers make the most of sulphur in their fertilizer formulations by the safe incorporation of elemental sulphur.
In addition to conducting a production trial at the production plant, this agreement also outlines a joint approach for agronomic field trials to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Shell Thiogro fertilizers for Chinese crops and soils. Successful conclusion of the trials could lead to Sinofert becoming a licensee for Shell Thiogro and commercially produce this specialized product within China.
Mr. Li QiuBing, Chief Operating Officer of Sinofert Holdings Limited, made this remark,”One of the Sinofert’s strategic objectives is to serve Chinese agricultural industry by introducing the best fertilizer technologies. Shell is one of the world's leading companies and a proven leader of technological innovations. We value the cooperation with Shell and are pleased to work on the trail of this new fertilizer. The successful development at the designated production plant would bring real benefits and interest to Chinese farmers.”
“Shell Sulphur Solutions is honored and delighted to have the opportunity to work with the largest fertilizer company in China to demonstrate the effectiveness of Shell Sulphur Solutions’ technologies.” said Mr. Egbert Veldman, Vice-President, Shell Sulphur Solutions. “Shell Thiogro, first commercialized in 2004, is part of a family of sulphur technologies available from Shell Sulphur Solutions that support Shell’s commitment to responsible energy by developing exciting new value applications for sulphur products. We believe that these trials will help to convince both the fertilizer manufacturers and end users of Shell Thiogro sulphur enhanced fertilizers of the advantages of adding elemental sulphur to enhance crop yield in sulphur responsive soils.”