His Majesty the King Inaugurates MAD 6.1 billion OCP Projects

HM the King Inaugurates MAD 6.1 billion OCP ProjectsHis Majesty King Mohammed VI inaugurated, 1st February 2016, at the Jorf Lasfar industrial complex, a fertilizer plant dedicated to the African Market (Africa Fertilizer Complex) and the first stage of a seawater desalination plant for an overall budget of 6.1 billion dirhams.

Initiated by Morocco’s Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP), these large-scale projects represent a new embodiment of the Sovereign’s commitment to south-south cooperation, and His will to support OCP innovation and sustainable development initiatives, accompany its industrial strategy and consolidate Morocco’s leadership in the global phosphates market.

Africa fertilizer Complex, which was achieved upon the instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed IV, aims to accompany the growth of African markets through continued and regular supply of fertilizers.

The new plant, which required a budget of 5.3 billion dirhams, consists of a Sulfuric acid plant (1.4 million tons per year), a phosphoric acid plant (450.000 tons per year), a fertilizer plant (one million tons of DAP per year), and a 62-megawatt solar station, and up to 200,000 tons of fertilizers storage infrastructure.

This mega project encourages technological and environmental innovation in sulfuric acid production through a 10 MW electric energy gain and an important reduction in seawater consumption. The sulfur dioxide (SO2) waste was reduced three times compared to international norms.

The seawater desalination plant, which is part of OCP’s “Water” strategy, aims to meet the additional needs created by the development of Khouribga-Jorf Lasfar platform without additional demand for conventional water.

The plant, which will be built in three stages, will reach an annual production of 75 million cubic meters.

These infrastructure projects reaffirm Morocco’s willingness to build efficient, productive and credible relations with African countries.

They will enable Morocco to have smart leadership on world phosphate market based on the parameters of productivity, profitability and more importantly, sustainability.