Two of the major projects initiated by the Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP) were launched by the King of Morocco which show the country’s commitment for south-south cooperation, support its industrial strategy and highlighting Morocco as a leader in the phosphate market worldwide.
Amounting to MAD 6.1 billion, the projects include the construction of a fertilizer plant devoted to the African Market (Africa Fertilizer Complex) and the first phase of a seawater desalination plant.
Under the directives of the King, the goal of Africa fertilizer Complex is to support the growth of African markets by means of sustained and steady supply of fertilizers. The MAD 5.3 billion complex features a Sulfuric acid plant with a capacity of producing 1.4 million tons per year, a phosphoric acid plant with a capacity of 450.000 tons per year, a fertilizer plant with one million tons of per year capacity, a fertilizer compartment infrastructure with a capacity of 200,000 tons, and a 62-megawatt solar station.
This large-scale project promotes technological and environmental advancement in sulfuric acid production with the use of a 10 MW electric energy growth and a significant cutback in seawater utilization. The sulfur dioxide (SO2) waste was reduced three times compared to international norms.
On the other hand, the seawater desalination plant is part of the agency’s “Water” strategy, and it is going to be developed to meet the additional needs brought about by the development of Khouribga-Jorf Lasfar platform with no further demand for conventional water.
The plant will be built in three phases and is expected to produce 75 million cubic meters of water yearly.
The said infrastructure projects confirm Morocco’s eagerness to build competent, productive and reliable relations with African countries.
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