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Acid Plant Database  November 26, 2017

Owner Office Chérifien des Phosphates Group (OCP)


Location Jorf Lasfar
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Website www.ocpgroup.ma 
Plant Plant No. 1 Plant No. 2 Plant No. 3
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Type of Plant Sulphur Burning Sulphur Burning Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur Elemental Sulphur Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity 4500 MTPD 4500 MTPD 4500 MTPD
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Status Operating Operating Operating
Year Built 2015 2015 2017
Technology Jacobs Jacobs  
Contractor Jacobs Jacobs  
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News November 24, 2017 - OCP Group‘s third integrated fertilizer production plant, Jorf Fertilizers Company 3 (JFC 3), which required an investment of MAD 5.2 billion, is now fully operational at the Jorf Lasfar industrial platform. The facility is to reinforce the production capacity of the group, which will become in 2018 the world’s largest fertilizer exporter.Inaugurated in March 2017, the JFC 3 unit reached its nominal production capacity in October. This fertilizer plant has a capacity of 1 million tonnes per year and will significantly increase the group’s overall production capacity, which is set to reach 12 million tonnes per year in 2018 with JFC 4 coming on stream.A well spent MAD 5.2 billion, this investment adds to the production facilities of the OCP chemical platform of Jorf Lasfar, which is the largest fertilizer complex in the world.In detail, JFC 3 also includes a sulfuric acid line with a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes per year, as well as a phosphoric acid line of 450,000 tonnes per year. The chemical reactions involved in the production of these acids are exothermic and, for the sake of optimization, the heat released is recovered to power a thermoelectric power plant with a power of 62 MW – which makes JFC 3 completely autonomous in terms of energy consumption.Always with autonomy in mind, JFC 3 has storage facilities with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes of fertilizer, equivalent to more than two months of reserves.For his part, JFC 3 director Ahmed Mahrou said the skills acquired by OCP Group for several years and the progress made in the design of the production units have allowed this new plant to achieve “the best environmental performance of the Group, by reducing the SO2 (sulfur dioxide) content at the sulfuric stack, treating wastewater before discharge and reducing the discharge of fluoride into the sea.”“Integrating several technological innovations, JFC 3 reinforces OCP Group’s international strategic positioning, while meeting the demand of foreign customers,” he said. “The Group makes major green investments every year, particularly to promote the economy of water and energy resources, with a view to mitigating the environmental impact of its activities along the value chain.”

February 1, 2016
- King Mohammed VI inaugurated, Monday 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 King Mohammed IV, aims to accompany the growth of African markets through continued and regular supply of fertilizers (DAP/MAP/NPK).  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.

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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