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Indo-Egyptian Fertilizer Company

Location The proposed project will be located at Edfu, Egypt. The proposed project site lies in Sebaeya, which is located between Qena and Aswan Governorate. The proposed area lies on the eastern bank of river Nile. The project site is bounded from the East by the Eastern Desert Plateau; from the South by an agricultural strip along the River Nile; from the West by the River Nile; and from the North by the Eastern Desert Plateau.
Background Indo Egypt Minerals (S.A.E.) “I.E.M.” is a company established in Egypt as a member of RCS group.
Website www.indoegypt.com
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Type of Plant Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity 4500 MTPD
Status Planned
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The Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO), India’s largest fertilizer producer, and the El Nasr Mining Company (ENMC) have set up a joint venture company in Egypt called the Indo-Egyptian Fertilizer Company (the company or IEFC). IEFC was incorporated in November 2005 to set up a greenfield phosphoric acid plant in Edfu, Aswan Governorate, Egypt, with an installed capacity of 0.45 million tons of P2O5 per annum. The project configuration consists of a phosphoric acid plant with capacity of 1,500 tons per day (100% P2O5) and a sulfuric acid plant with capacity of 4,500 tons per day, including power generation and related offsite facilities. The poject uses phosphate rock and sulfur as raw materials and produces phosphoric acid as output. The establishment of poject has been accorded the status of ‘Private Free Zone’ by the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI). The entire plant’s production of phosphoric acid will be exported under a long-term off-take agreement.

The total project cost is estimated at $526 million.

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News January 13, 2009 - The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) is planning to reduce its 75.95% equity stake in the phosphoric acid joint venture Indo Egyptian Fertiliser Co (IEFC) to 4-5% due to a stalemate in implementing the project, an IFFCO source said on Tuesday.  The source said negotiations over the equity dilution were ongoing with IFFCO’s Egyptian counterparts, and that it would likely offload the majority of its shares to the Orascom Group, which operates fertilizer subsidiaries.  The $350m phosphoric acid complex at Edfu, in the Aswan governorate, has remained in limbo primarily due to Egypt’s reluctance to grant the IEFC project special economic status and underlying tax benefits.  In addition, environmental concerns have added to the project's uncertainty.  In June 2007, IFFCO had signed an agreement with IEFC to lend it $80m and syndicate $170m in loans from international banks.  IFFCO has since put on hold the disbursement of loans to IEFC.  The complex would comprise a 1,500 tonne/day phosphoric acid plant and an upstream 4,500 tonne/year sulphuric acid plant.  It would use imported sulphur primarily sourced from Saudi Arabia and local rock phosphates as feedstock.  El Nasr Mining Co (ENMC) would supply 1.7m tones/year of rock phosphate to the joint venture.  ENMC would separately set up two identical crushing units to process mined rock phosphate at the Edfu site.  ENMC, an Egypt public enterprise, holds a 24% stake in IEEC.  IFFCO’s Dubai-based subsidiary, Kisan International Trading FZE (KIT), holds the remaining 0.05% stake in the joint venture, which was incorporated in 2005.

MTPD - Metric Tonne per Day           STPD - Short Ton per Day
MTPA - Metric Tonne per Annum      STPA - Short Ton per Annum
SA - Single Absorption
DA - Double Absorption

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