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Triple super phosphate output expected to exceed 900,000 tonnes with El Mdhilla 2 plant

Published the:  30/11/2019

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(TAP)- National triple super phosphate production is expected to rise from 460,000 tonnes/year currently to nearly 900,000 tonnes once El Mdhilla 2 plant becomes operational in Q1 of 2020, said Director of the production unit Abdessalem Chouwaya.

Caretaker Prime Minister Youssef Chahed Saturday visited the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT)'s plant, one of the large-scale projects intended to increase the national production capacity of triple super phosphate meant for exportation, to take stock of the furtherance of the project.

Chahed toured the various components of the project which works are nearing completion. This includes the production units of sulphuric acid, liquid and concentrated phosphoric acid and triple super phosphate with an annual production capacity of 400,000 tonnes.

This plant was initially due to come into operation five years ago but protests and sit-ins staged over the last years caused delay to works, the director told TAP.

The plant, which meets international environmental standards, "will help double national production of triple super phosphate and better Tunisia's positioning in world fertiliser markets," Chahed told reporters. The plant will also generate 740 jobs with nearly 200 hires already made.

El Mdhilla 2 plant still faces unresolved challenges, including connection to the natural gas network, the difficulty of purchasing a plot of land to store hosphogypsum and issues in relation to collective lands in El Mdhilla, said Director General of the GCT in Gafsa Abdallah Fajraoui.

Investments earmarked for the project amount to 640 MTD; its works were entrusted to public works companies from Tunisia, China and South Korea