Laayoune - King Mohammed VI launched, Friday at the Phosboucraâ site in the urban municipality of Al-Marsa (southern province of Laayoune), the construction works of the integrated industrial complex of fertilizer production.
Laayoune – King Mohammed VI launched, Friday at the Phosboucraâ site in the urban municipality of Al-Marsa (southern province of Laayoune), the construction works of the integrated industrial complex of fertilizer production.
Covering the whole value chain of phosphate, this mega-project, which will eventually generate nearly 1,270 jobs, provides for building of an 8.3-billion-dirham platform of fertilizer production, building a plant for phosphate washing and flotation (1.7 billion dirhams), a phosphate drying plant for export (600 million dirhams), and a 500,000 t-capacity stockyard (800 million dirhams).
In order to adapt to maritime, meteorological and characteristics of the coasts of Laayoune (silting), and to develop logistics capabilities (import and export), it is also planned to build a new port (wharf), for a budget of 4.2 billion dirhams.
First in Laayoune, the fertilizer production platform (8.3 billion dirhams) will diversify the product portfolio of Phosboucraa by transforming the phosphate extorted into a phosphate acid and phosphate fertilizers. With an annual production capacity of 500,000 tons of phosphoric acid and one million tons of fertilizers, the future industrial platform (36 hectares) will contain production units of sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, fertilizers, seawater desalination and a 62 MW thermoelectric plant.
On this occasion, King Mohammed VI laid the foundation stone of the washing and flotation plant, a major component of the future integrated industrial complex of fertilizer production.
This plant, with a processing capacity of 3 million tons / year, will tap new phosphate layers at the mining area of Boucraâ and optimize mineable deposits.
The plant will include various components, notably two washing lines with a capacity of 400 t / hour, a flotation unit, two sludge decanters and a breakwater for slurry spreading and water recovery.
The construction of these projects will be done in full respect of the environment.