The OCP Group and its German (Budenheim) and Belgian (Prayon) partners are launching the construction of a new production plant for purified phosphoric acid, through their subsidiary Euro Maroc Phosphore (EMAPHOS), announces a group press release.
This new plant will double Emaphos’ annual production capacity, going from 140,000 T P2O5 / year to 280,000 T P2O5 / year from the 4th quarter of 2022, the Group said in a press release, noting that this project is part of the within the framework of the strategy of the OCP Group of its partners aimed at consolidating its world leadership in the production of purified phosphoric acid by wet process, a technology recognized as BAT (Best Available Technique) in terms of CO2 emissions.
This project will thus make it possible to respond to changes in the world market for purified phosphoric acid intended for specialized uses, underlines the same source, noting that this doubling of capacity will also make part of the OCP Group available production for recovery, in the future, in the form of niche products based on purified acid, thereby strengthening the Group’s status as a world producer of specialty phosphate products.
Given its location within the Jorf Lasfar platform, this project will benefit from major synergies and economies of scale thanks to its direct access to the infrastructures, shared services and raw materials made available to it by the OCP Group within this platform, adds the press release, noting that beyond these economic advantages, this new factory will rely on and capitalize on the expertise and know-how developed, for more than two decades, by the staff technique of EMAPHOS.
After the completion of the basic engineering studies in March 2020, the project is now at the detailed studies stage. Equipment with a long manufacturing lead-time will be ordered from the 3rd quarter of 2020 and the start of construction works is scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2021.