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Acid Plant Database  June 29, 2015

Owner Sukuru Phosphate


Location Tororo District
Background -
Website www.gzdsdl.com
Plant -
Coordinates* 0° 39' 0" N, 34° 9' 59" E (Approx.)
Type of Plant Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity 200,000 MTPA
Emissions -
Status -
Year Built December 2016
Technology -
Contractor -
Remarks Phosphate: 300,000 t/a
Steel: 300,000 t/a
Rare Earths: 100,000 t/a
Gypsum: 300,000 t/a
Power: 12 MW
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General Project financed by China's Guangzhou Dong Song Energy Group
References -
News January 16, 2015 - Project in Uganda also involves steel production, plants making fertiliser and acid, a power plant and moreA mining development deal in Uganda, one of the largest foreign-invested projects in the East African country that incorporates mining, fertilizer manufacturing, steel production and a melting plant, will generate annual net profit of $81 million, says the Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Co.The company signed the mining agreement with the Ugandan government in December after it received the permit in October to mine a 26.47-square-kilometer site in eastern Uganda's Tororo district, says Mao Jie, the company's vice-president.Founded in 2000, privately held Guangzhou Dongsong is engaged in hydropower, mining, energy and commercial property sectors, with total assets standing at 7 billion yuan ($1.13 billion) last year.The Tororo district project is 180 kilometers from the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and located close to the nation's border with Kenya to the east.The first phase of the project, supported by an investment of $374 million, is expected to produce an annual capacity of processing 1 million metric tons of ores and 170,000 tons of steel production. It will also establish a 100,000-ton phosphate fertilizer plant, a 120,000-ton sulfuric acid plant and a hydrometallurgy melting plant. The excess waste heat from the sulfuric acid plant will fuel a new power plant.The power plant will supply more than 30 percent of the electricity needed for the project.There is a growing demand for fertilizers in Africa and the phosphate fertilizer produced at the Ugandan site will most likely be shipped to Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.Much of that fertilizer will also help enrich Uganda's farms. The country's soils are able to feed only 6 million of the nation's population of 35 million, says Beatrice Byarugaba, commissioner for crop production and marketing at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries of Uganda.In its aim to increase the use of fertilizers in production, Uganda is vying to create a competitive, profitable and sustainable fertilizer industry that can contribute to food and income security.According to the World Bank, Uganda's GDP is expected to grow at a rate of 6.6 percent this year.Cash crops in Uganda include coffee, cotton, tobacco and tea, and food crops include plantain, millet, maize, cassava and sorghum.The project's second phase will need about $250 million. Guangzhou Dongsong will contribute 35 percent of the total investment, with the rest coming from China Development Bank. The China-Africa Development Fund has a 20-percent share in the project.The Tororo district project, scheduled to go into operation next year, was one of the top four benchmark projects last year for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda.The multifaceted project in Uganda is set to be accelerated by China's strategy of "One Belt and One Road," says Mao.Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed in 2013 the initiative of building a New Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.The country will accelerate the development of the economic zones and strengthen the cooperation with the countries involved, Xi Jinping said at a meeting in November.Historically, the "Silk Roads" on land and at sea served as a major channels for trade and cultural exchanges with Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, East Africa and Europe, Xi said.The Guangzhou Dongsong project in Uganda will have a workforce of 1,200. Mao says a Chinese staff of experts and employees will gradually decrease from the 400 to 120.

August 18, 2014
- President Yoweri Museveni yesterday launched the construction of Sukuru Phosphate Project in Tororo district with an appeal to the people of the area to take advantage of the factory to produce more food that they can sell to a big population that will be working in the factory.  “I am glad to come here to start the construction of this project; you people of Tororo will get jobs. You can grow more food and sell some to the workers. If I was here, I would get rich because I would sell my milk to the workers and earn money”, he observed.  The US$620 plant, will have a complex of factories that will have an annual production of 300,000 tons from the phosphates plant, 300,000 tons from the steel plant, 200,000 tons from the sulphuric acid plant, 100,000 tons from the Rare Earth factory, 300,000 tons of gypsum from the gypsum plant as well as generating a 12-MW of electricity from the waste heat power generation plant.  The plant is expected to start production in December 2016 and will employ more than 1,200 Ugandans. The mineral deposits at Sukuru Phosphate Project are expected to last over 100 years and will generate an annual turnover of US$350 million.  President Museveni on arrival yesterday performed the ceremony of ground breaking together with the President of Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group (U) Co. Ltd, Mr. Weidong, for the construction of Sukuru Phosphate Project and had a brief view at the machinery to be used.  President Museveni later addressed a huge gathering at nearby Sukuru Primary School play grounds and explained to wanainchi that government some years ago, spent over US$40 million for the exploration of minerals in the country in the geological survey exercise. He said a lot of minerals that belong to the state were discovered and will be used for strengthening durable infrastructure as well as enhance education.  He added that once minerals are exhausted, another source of wealth, which is intellect, is used. He cited the example of Japan that does not have minerals but uses intellect to create wealth by manufacturing vehicles, among other products.  President Museveni, therefore, congratulated the Chinese group for having overcome all hurdles that were threatening the start of the construction. He also called on Ugandans to stop wasting time on non-issues and frustrating investors who come to the country to help us build our capacity.  “I would like to congratulate these investors. They did what they told me within a short time. They will bring us other investors. These people have built a lot of capacity. They can help us also build our capacity," he said.  At the same function, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi noted that phosphates offer Uganda opportunities, especially in the agricultural sector that today stands at only 30% total output. He described the ceremony as a defining moment for agriculture in Uganda that should trigger production.  The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Engineer Irene Muloni, said the occasion was a great achievement for Uganda as the phosphates resource, that was discovered in 1954, had not been exploited until recently in 2013.  The President of Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group (U) Co. Ltd, Mr. Weidong congratulated Uganda upon the take off of the project and commended President Museveni and the Parliament of Uganda for the continued support to the project.  He pledged his group’s commitment to complete the project on record time which, he said, will cement further the cordial relationship between China and Uganda.

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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