CSCEC, Wengfu to build, operate Egypt's phosphoric acid plant

Wang Shaofeng, chairman, CSCEC, says the facility will be the "second largest phosphorous chemical project in the world"

The production capacity of the plant will be 907,184.7 tonnes [representational image].
The production capacity of the plant will be 907,184.7 tonnes [representational image].

State-run China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) alongside Wengfu Group has inked a construction and operation contract with Egypt’s Phosphate Misr Company for a phosphoric acid plant in the North African nation, with a total investment of $848m.

Located at Abu Tartour of New Valley Governorate in the southwest of Egypt, the plant will produce commercial-grade phosphoric acid products.

Scope of work under the contract covers engineering, construction, and procurement (EPC) of temporary facilities on-site, process, storage, and transport facilities — both on-and off-site —, as well as utilities.

Once operational, the production capacity of the plant will be 907,184.7 tonnes (t) of phosphoric acid, which is used to manufacture simple and compound phosphate fertilisers.

According to the chairman of CSCEC Egypt, Wang Shaofeng, said that the project “will be the second largest phosphorous chemical project in the world”.

Shaofeng added: "The design, construction, operation of this project will be undertaken by Chinese companies, which will help the development of industrialisation in Egypt."

Meanwhile, Egypt’s minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Tareq al-Molla said that the project is scheduled to be implemented within 30 months, in addition to a six-month trial operation and production period.

China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua cited the minister, who said that the project would create “thousands of job opportunities during the construction and operation” period.

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