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DSM intends to close Agro plant in IJmuiden
Mar '08
The Dutch Ministers Cramer (Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment) and Eurlings (Transport, Public Works and Water Management) and DSM announce that they have reached an agreement in principle on the termination of ammonia transport by rail between Geleen and IJmuiden.

In this way the Ministries are implementing the Cabinet Resolution on Chain Studies. The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management wish to put an end to this ammonia transport by rail in order to reduce the risks of transports involving hazardous substances even further.

When these ammonia transports are terminated, the DSM Agro site in IJmuiden will lose its reason for being. DSM has therefore decided to close the site with effect from 1 January 2010. The Ministries will compensate DSM for damages.

The closure of the DSM Agro site in IJmuiden will lead to the loss of about 120 jobs. On the basis of the existing employment pact and agreements that have been made regarding re-employment at Corus and DSM, DSM expects to be able to avoid forced redundancies.

One of DSM's nitric acid plants, which is currently located at IJmuiden, will be relocated to Geleen. DSM is exploring the possibility of expanding fertilizer production in Geleen and thus largely compensating for the loss of capacity in IJmuiden.

The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and the Ministryof Transport, Public Works and Water Management have conducted Chain Studies in which they analyzed the problems involved in the transport and storage of hazardous substances with the aim of mitigating these problems where possible.

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