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Ma’aden Phosphate Company (MPC) started initial production from the first production lines of Sulphuric Acid and Phosphoric Acid for captive use and Diammonium Phosphate Fertilizer (DAP), the final product, at its production complex in Ras Az Zawr.
MPC, a US$5.5 billion joint venture between Ma’aden (70 per cent) and SABIC (30 per cent), remains on course to be completed on budget. When at full production MPC will produce approximately three million tonnes per year of DAP, which according to the company’s estimates represents more than 10 per cent of current global demand.
SABIC will market 77 per cent of production with the remainder marketed by Ma’aden.
“This complex operation is the largest fully integrated phosphate fertilizer project in the world and will place the Kingdom among the world leaders of the phosphate industry,” commented Eng Khalid Al Mudaifer, President and CEO of Ma’aden.
MPC includes a phosphate mine and beneficiation plant at Al Jalamid in the north of Saudi Arabia and a processing complex at Ras Az Zawr on the Kingdom’s East coast consisting of four plants producing sulphuric acid, ammonia, phosphoric acid and, DAP respectively. The two sites are linked by a new 1,500 kilometer railroad and supported by extensive infrastructure including a new port at Ras Az Zawr.