Ma’aden begins trial phosphate rock production

07 July 2010 17:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabian phosphate fertilizer producer Ma’aden has announced that trial production of phosphate rock started during the second quarter of 2010 at its Al Jalamid facility in the north of the kingdom, the company said in an official statement on the Saudi bourse on Wednesday.

The operation revealed higher-than-expected rock quality, the statement added.

Commercial production of phosphate rock, a feedstock used in phosphate fertilizer production, was expected to start in the fourth quarter.

Rock would then be transported via a specially constructed railway to the port of Ras az Zawr, located on the Arabian Gulf, where commercial diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizer production was expected to commence in the first quarter of 2011, Ma'aden said.

When completed, the plant would produce 3m tonnes/year of DAP, much of which was expected to be exported to India and other markets such as Australia and Latin America, the group added.

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