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Ammonium nitrate that exploded in Beirut bought for mining, Mozambican firm says

August 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The original buyers of the ammonium nitrate that was left at Beirut's port have told CNN that it had been bought for use in mining.

Fábrica de Explosivos Moçambique (FEM), a Mozambican explosives manufacturing company, told CNN that they were the ones who originally ordered the ammonium nitrate that was left at Beirut's port for nearly seven years.

The order of ammonium nitrate was intended for manufacturing explosives for mining companies in Mozambique, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson has been with the company since 2008 and said there had been no similar lost shipments of ammonium nitrate since then.

But several months after the ammonium nitrate left Georgia, the spokesperson said the trading company told FEM it would not be arriving: "We were just informed by that trading company: there's a problem with the vessel, your order is not going to be delivered," the spokesperson said.

The quantity -- 2750 metric tons, according to lawyers representing the ship's crew -- was also small compared with other commercial shipments of ammonium nitrate, the FEM spokesperson said.

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