Phosphorous has numerous commercial applications, in its pure form it is used in the chemical industry; it is added to animal feed as Calcium Phosphate but above all it is mined and refined for use as crop fertiliser. Phosphorous is one of the building blocks of life, plants require phosphorous as much as they do water and to date there is no substitute. Find out more about Phosphate rock here.
It takes one ton of phosphate to produce every 130 tons of grain, which is why around 170 million tons of phosphate rock is mined worldwide every year to keep soils fertile. However, phosphate is no longer an unlimited resource and, as a valuable commodity, every effort needs to be made to reduce the amount of waste and maximise the efficiency of production.
One of the principal problems when it comes to storing phosphate fertiliser is the fact that it is a highly corrosive and therefore more traditional forms of storage are both unsuitable and impractical. In addition, and from a practical point of view, because of the massive volumes of phosphate that are stored, unobstructed clear span structures are also required to store the stock piles. Toro Shelters has seen increasing demand in recent years both for bulk storage building as well as mining camp infrastructure such as vehicle maintenance facilities where the combination of ruggedness, low freight costs and the ability to relocate make our facilities an attractive solution.
The reason Toro are seeing ever increasing demand for our bulk storage warehouses is the ultimately down to the high value practicality of our buildings. Not only is a Toro shelter an extremely cost effective way to cover a large clear span area but it will stand up to the rigors of an extreme environment, requires minimal foundation and perhaps most importantly it can be relocated. And, in relation to phosphate storage the composite PVC/Polyester membranes we use are impervious to the oxidising effects of phosphate and will last for 20 years even in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
To avoid corrosive attack of the steel frames, where hot dip galvanising is not sufficient, we can use two-part resin-based paints which provide total and long-lasting protection. Our storage shelters can be designed and manufactured to meet a wide range of challenging situations, but when it comes to creating bulk storage solutions, that is our field of expertise and we will always rise to any challenge we are presented with.
At Toro Shelters we are proud to see our shelters being used for phosphate storage and if you would like to learn more about them, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.