About the Company

PJSC Uralkali is one of the largest producers and exporters of potash, which is an essential component for growth and development of all living organisms. The Company accounts for a significant share of global potassium chloride production and effectively manages its key business processes – from potash ore mining to supply of potassium chloride to consumers worldwide.

Main products

Standard white MOP:

White MOP is applied directly to the soil and is used for producing compound NPK fertilisers, as well as for other industrial applications. Uralkali supplies this product mainly to China, Russia, and Europe. Depending on the specifications, MOP is produced in concentrations of 95% and 98%.

Standard pink MOP:

Pink MOP is applied directly to the soil and is used for producing compound NPK fertilisers. It is mainly supplied to India and Southeast Asia.

Granular MOP:

Granular MOP is a premium product consumed in countries that use advanced soil fertilisation methods. Granulation slows down the absorption of fertiliser nutrients into the soil, thus prolonging their effect. Uralkali exports granular MOP mainly to Brazil, the USA, Europe, and Central America, where it is either applied directly to the soil or blended with nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers.

Our assets

Uralkali is developing the Verkhnekamskoye deposit, a multi-layered deposit of potassium and magnesium salts and the world’s second-largest deposit in terms of potash ore reserves. Uralkali’s production assets include five mines, six potash plants and one carnallite plant, all located in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk in Russia’s Perm Region. Around 12.7 thousand people work at Uralkali’s main production unit and the Uralkali Group employs over 20 thousand people.

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potash mines
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potash processing mines
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licenses for development of new blocks
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license for conducting geological studies
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carnallite plant

Key facts about potassium



Potassium is a vitally important element for all living organisms. It is a natural soil component and, along with phosphate and nitrogen, an irreplaceable nutrient for plants.

Balanced nutrition for agricultural crops requires the regular administration of these three main macronutrients.

Potassium consumption by agricultural crops, %
Source: International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)

Potassium for plants

  • Potassium increases the nutrient content and improves the taste, colour and structure of fruits
  • Potassium improves crop resistance to various diseases and pests
  • Potassium improves crop resistance to droughts and frost
  • Potassium participates in photosynthesis and protein synthesis
  • Potassium increases the rate of nitrogen assimilation

Potassium for people

  • Potassium improves the supply of oxygen to the brain
  • Potassium supports the transmission of neural impulses
  • Potassium compounds activate enzymes
  • Potassium normalises cardiac function
  • Potassium is good for the kidneys
  • Potassium regulates the water balance in cells and tissues
  • Potassium regulates metabolic processes
  • Potassium is good for skin
  • Potassium regulates the acid-base balance in human blood
  • Potassium prevents the accumulation of sodium in cells
  • Potassium helps to eliminate toxins from the body

Potassium for farmers

  • Potassium ensures plants are nutritionally balanced, promoting high yield
  • Potassium increases product quality
  • Potassium prevents soil degradation and maintains its balance of nutrients
  • When used correctly, potash fertilisers do not pollute the environment

Why mankind cannot do without potash fertilisers

The world’s population is growing, while the area of arable land per capita is declining, so we have to achieve higher crop yields to ensure food security.

Scientific studies show that maximum yield and consistently high crop quality can only be achieved by providing plants with the right amounts of all of the necessary nutrients (such as potassium).



Uralkali in figures

Sales volume, mln tonnes KCL
Production volume, mln tonnes KCL
Average potash export price, FCA, USD per tonne
Unit cash COGS, USD per tonne

Despite the fact that in 2019 the global potash market saw relatively tough trends, Uralkali managed to improve its financial performance.

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Net debt/EBITDA for the last 12 months
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Uralkali success pillars

Source: Argus, Uralkali, third-party company information

  • One of the lowest CAPEX per tonne levels in the industry, driven by geology and characteristics of our mines, and existing highly developed infrastructure in the region.
  • Uralkali’s average greenfield CAPEX of ~USD 470/t compares to ~USD 2,500–3,000/t for conventional Canadian greenfield projects that require substantial infrastructure such as rail, utilities and port facilities.

3CAPEX on mine construction.

4 Nutrien’s assessment for a new mine in Saskatchewan, including the construction of a railway, utility systems and port facilities. Source: Nutrien.