HM the King inaugurates Merah-Lahrach phosphate washing plant in Khouribga, for 2.5 billion dirhams
PERSISMA, Commune of M’Fassis (Province of Khouribga) – HM King Mohammed VI inaugurated, on Wednesday in the rural commune of M’Fassis (Province of Khouribga), the Merah-Lahrach phosphate washing plant, worth 2.5 billion dirhams.
The Monarch visited the various structures and facilities of the project aimed at enriching phosphate and preparing it for transport via a slurry pipeline.
The project is part of the Phosphate Company OCP’s water strategy. 87% of used water is recycled and 70% of annual water need is covered by Khouribga’s wastewater purification station.
It is also part of the OCP’s mines industrial strategy in the Ouled Abdoune basin, which involves a budget of 18 billion dirhams. The strategy provides for opening three new mines with 20 million additional tonnes of phosphate by 2020, which raises mining capacity to 38 million tonnes per year from 18 now, and building three washing plants.
The plant, which has a production capacity of 7.2 million tonnes of ore yearly, is expected to raise the Khouribga site’s production capacity and preserve phosphate resources.
HM the King visited the Merah-Lahrach station, the main component of the Khouribga -Jorf Lasfar Slurry pipeline project. The 676-million dirham station, to be built on 11 ha, will link with the Jorf Lasfar terminal.
The Khouribga-Jorf Lasfar Slurry pipeline will be 235 km long, of which 100 km were already installed. It is due for completion in April 2013.