This year’s celebrations of Barbórka, a traditional miners’ holiday in Poland, constitute a perfect opportunity to remind our readers about the role and importance of Grupa Azoty SIARKOPOL in the overall structure of the capital group. It is worth noticing that the company from Grzybów is the only enterprise in the world which excavates sulfur from a mine.
The only such mine in the world
We take great pride in “Osiek” Sulfur Mine, the only mine in the world which extracts sulfur using Frasch process. The method is similar to shale gas extraction technology. Water superheated to 165 degrees Celsius is pumped into the sulfur deposit, so that melted sulphur can reach the surface. Apart from being very economical, the process is also very safe for the environment and the people. Thanks to using Frasch process, extracted sulfur is one of the cleanest in the world, helping Grupa Azoty Kopalnie and Zakłady Chemiczne Siarki “Siarkopol” S.A. remain the leading exporters in Świętokrzyskie voivodeship.
The role of sulfur in the industry
Sulfur is one of pivotal resources in the chemical sector. It is used for manufacturing fertilizers, in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics industry as well as for tires and viscose fiber manufacturing, which explains why the purity of extracted sulfur is of such importance. What is more, the Works are not limited to the export of the pure resource. They have also decided to manufacture sulfur-derived products, such as sodium sulfide and sulfur flakes.
A mine that is profitable
The mine proves that the Polish mining industry is not only about coal. The functioning of Grzybów works also confirms that resources excavation can be profitable. Grupa Azoty SIARKOPOL extracts about 800,000 tonnes of sulfur annually, which is bound to yield profit, seeing that we also manufacture sulfur-derived products and enjoy access to own logistical facilities. Since the company has had good financial results, we have embarked on a new investment, namely an installation for the production of sulfur in granules. The forecast cost of the investment is 25 million PLN.
Beyond “black ore”
Coal has been dubbed “black ore” in Poland, but our activity makes one think that sulfur may well be called “yellow ore”. Grupa Azoty’s takeover of the company in Grzybów has been providing benefits for both sides of the consolidation process. The cooperation of the largest manufacturer of sulfur in the world with the leading Polish fertilizer producer has been helpful in boosting the position of the capital group on the global markets.