Updated at 11:50,16-10-2017

Sapropel-based fertilizer plant in Homyel region reopens after EU-funded modernization

By Iryna Turchyna, BelaPAN

A sapropel-based fertilizer plant in the Homyel region reopened on Thursday after equipment modernization funded by the European Union.

The plant modernization was part of an EU-funded project titled "Supporting the Transition to a Green Economy in the Republic of Belarus," which has been implemented by the UN Development Program.

The project, which has created five new jobs at the plant, will make the plant more efficient and allow it to cut its costs by 30 percent, according to the press office of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

In the second stage of the project, scheduled to be completed in late 2017, the plant is to get more sapropel processing equipment.

Sapropel, a term used to describe dark-colored sediments that are rich in organic matter, may be developed into fertilizers, drilling mud fluids and feed additives.