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Acid Plant Database November 4, 2010

Owner Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC)

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Location Located at WADI 2, 15 km south of the port of Aqaba
Background 1974/1975 - Jordan Fertilizers Industry Company Limited formed
1949 - Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) was established as a private company with the mission of mining Jordanian phosphate deposits.
1953 - JPMC was registered as a public shareholding company.
1986 - JPMC acquires the fertilizer and chemical plants at the port of Aqaba (Aqaba Complex) from the Jordanian Government


Plant Aqaba Industrial Complex
Plant No. 1 Plant No. 2
Coordinates* 29º 22' 19" N, 34º 58' 21" E 29º 22' 21" N, 34º 58' 21" E
Type of Plant Sulphur Burning Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity 2252 MTPD 2252 MTPD
Status Operating Operating
Year Built 1982 1982
Technology MECS (Monsanto) MECS (Monsanto)
Contractor Spie Batignolles Spie Batignolles

Plant original capacity: 1800 MTPD
Revamped in 1994 by MECS/Heurtey/Sofresid

Seawater cooling

Plant original capacity: 1800 MTPD
Revamped in 1994 by MECS/Heurtey/Sofresid

Seawater cooling

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General JPMC was established as a private company on March 1949 to exploit phosphate deposits in Jordan. It was registered as a public shareholding company in 1953 with an initial share capital of JD 250,000 and now operates under Law No. 22 of 1997. JPMC currently operates three mines in Jordan producing phosphate rock, with a fourth mine at Al-Ruseifa having ceased production in 1985, and a downstream fertilizer and chemicals plant at Aqaba in the south of Jordan producing phosphoric acid, diammonium phosphate ("DAP"), sulphuric acid and Aluminum fluoride.

JPMC is the sole entity currently operating under licence to mine and produce phosphate rock in Jordan. In the year ended 31 December 2005, Jordan was the sixth largest phosphate rock producer in the world, the second largest exporter of phosphate rock in the world and the largest exporter in terms of revenue in the Jordanian economy. JPMC is the largest mining and industrial employer in Jordan.

The head office of the company is located at 5 Al-Shareef Al Radhi St. Shmesani, Amman, Jordan.

Phosphate bearing deposits were first discovered in Jordan in 1908 in the Al-Ruseifa region during the construction of the Al-Hijazi railroad, approximately 15 km north of Amman, the capital of Jordan. It is estimated that more than 60 per cent. of the area of Jordan has phosphate bearing deposits at varying depths.

JPMC predecessor commenced its phosphate mining activities in 1935 in the Al-Ruseifa area. Further mining operations were established in 1962 at Al-Hassa, approximately 135 km to the south of Amman and 200 km north of Aqaba and at Al-Abiad, 20 km north of the mine at Al-Hassa, in 1979. JPMC commenced excavation of a site at Eshidiya, approximately 125 km to the north-east of Aqaba, in 1988 with production starting in 1989.

In 1986, JPMC acquired the entire operations of Jordan fertilizer Industry Company Limited in which it had a 25 per cent. shareholding interest and the Government of Jordan had a 50 per cent. interest at the time of the acquisition. Jordan fertilizer Industry Company Limited, which commenced production in 1982, operated a fertilizer and chemical manufacturing complex in Aqaba which was taken over by JPMC.

JPMC is also involved in a number of joint venture projects with foreign partners in the fertilizer and chemicals.

References -
News November 3, 2010 - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Jordan Phosphate Mines Co. (JPMC) to upgrade and increase the capacity of two sulphuric acid plants in Aqaba, Jordan. SNC-Lavalin's revenues from the project will be approximately CAN$80 million.  "We have been designing and building sulphuric acid plants worldwide for over 35 years and are considered a world leader in this sector," said Feroz Ashraf, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "We are proud of this contract with JPMC, which has become a global leader in the rapidly growing sector of phosphate-based fertilizers."   Work has begun and the project is scheduled for completion in 18 months.

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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