The world’s largest exporter of phosphates and derivatives is working on a massive expansion strategy. The investment includes supply equipment for a terminal at the Jorf Lasfar port in Morocco, a project worth EUR 90 million to FLSmidth.
Investment equals opportunity
Morocco’s state-controlled phosphates company, Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP), is the world’s largest exporter of phosphates and derivatives. OCP already controls around 45 percent of the market for lime phosphate, and more than 30 percent of global phosphate exports – and they’re looking to expand. As part of this expansion strategy, the company has implemented a significant investment programme that includes a EUR 90 million contract with FLSmidth to supply equipment for a phosphate terminal at Jorf Lasfar port.
Located just 20 km south of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, the Jorf Lasfar port sees high volumes of sulphur, phosphates and fertiliser movement and is the site of OCP’s chemical complex where the mineral is converted into sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid and finally into granulated fertiliser, as the final product..
“OCP is making some big investments to build the company, and we have worked hard to be constantly present for the client and partners’ needs in this region,” explains FLSmidth Sales Support Manager, Matthias Schmidt.
Increasingly preferred equipment provider
With a proven range of loading and unloading equipment for ships and barges, FLSmidth stands ready to meet the challenges of this new project, the scope of which includes complete engineering, design, fabrication of all steel structures and mechanical parts, procurement of all standard components, erection and commissioning.
The order comprises two shiploaders for phosphate, each with a capacity of 2,000 tph; two fertiliser shiploaders with a capacity of 2,000 tph each; two sulphur screw unloaders with an hourly capacity of 2,300 tonnes each; and two sulphur grab unloaders, each with a capacity of 1,500 tph. FLSmidth will also provide auxiliary supplies such as electrical equipment, a fire fighting system and dust suppression equipment.
Says CEO Jørgen Huno Rasmussen, "This order demonstrates our increasingly strong position as a preferred provider of material handling equipment to the minerals industries. It also confirms the great opportunities within the phosphate industry."
Phosphate and fertiliser are growing markets with consistent demand cycles.. Driven by rising world population, changing diets and the need to improve agriculture yields in developing regions, the demand for phosphate is expected to increase steadily in coming years.
CONTACT: Matthias Schmidt