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Owner Tunisian Indian Fertilizers (TIFERT)


Location -

35% - Compagnie des Phosphates de GAFSA (CPG) www.gct.com.tn
35% - Groupe Chimique Tunisien (GCT) www.gct.com.tn
15% - Coromandel Fertilizers Ltd. (CFL) www.cflindia.com

15% - Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd.
(GSFC) www.gsfclimited.com

Website -
Plant Skhira Site
Coordinates* 34° 21' 1" N, 10° 8' 56" E
Type of Plant Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity 3600 MTPD
Status Operating
Year Built 2013
Technology MECS
Contractor Technip/Pireco
Remarks Delay in startup of plant due to revolution

Generation of hot water at 90oC used for the concentration of phosphoric acid

The purpose of the project is to construct and operate a phosphoric acid production plant with a capacity of 3600 MTPD. All production is to be exported to India through long-term purchasing contracts signed by the two Indian project partners in order to supply their fertilizer plants with phosphoric acid. The new plant will be established alongside an existing phosphoric acid plant in Skhira, 50 km north of the town of Gabès.

References -
News August 6, 2013 - The first consignment of phosphoric acid from the ‘Tunisian Indian Fertilisers’(TIFERT), a Tunisia based venture of Coromandel International Limited has arrived Kakinada on Tuesday, the 6th August 2013. Kakinada is one of the prominent costal areas in Andhra Pradesh, where Coromandel International Limited has India’s largest complex fertilisers Plant in a single location.The TIFERT vessel, ‘MT Stolt Courage’, which departed from La Skhira Port in Tunisia about a fortnight ago with 31,269 MT Phosphoric acid, has arrived at the Deep Sea Port in Kakinada and delivered the Coromandel’s share of 12,498 MT acid. It will leave on Thursday for Sikka Port on the western coast to deliver the remaining part of about 18,771 MT Phosphoric acid to Gujarat State Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (GSFC), the other Indian Shareholder of TIFERT. Coromandel International Limited has the storage capacity of 72,000 MT of the acid at its Kakinada facility. Phosphoric acid is a pivotal raw material used in the manufacture of various grades of fertilizer.It may be recalled that the TIFERT Plant, set up in La Skhira in Tunisia by Coromandel International Limited and Gujarat State Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (GSFC), the partners from India and Groupe Chimique Tunisien (GCT) and Compagnie Des Phosphat De Gafsa (CPG), from Tunisia, (both being Government of Tunisia entities), was inaugurated on 12th July 2013 in Tunisia. The Plant, set up at a cost of about USD 500 million, has started production and the first consignment was despatched for India, on 17th July 2013.Coromandel International has made an investment in TIFERT aimed at securing uninterrupted supply of phosphoric acid for the Company’s operations. The Company and GSFC have entered into a long term agreement with the TIFERT to import the entire production of phosphoric acid directly to India. Coromandel International Limited and GSFC hold 15% each in the share capital of TIFERT.Senior executives of Coromandel - Mr. Amir Alvi, Sr. VP & Head - Manufacturing (Fertilisers), Mr. Harish Malhotra, Sr. VP (Commercial) and Mr. K. Sankaranarayana Moorthy, GM (Manufacturing) and employees of Kakinada Plant received the vessel at a ceremonial function organised at the Kakinada Port. Officials from the Customs & Central Excise department, KSPL, Stevedores and executives of AKV Logistics PVT Ltd, Kakinada, which acted as the C& F agent also graced the occassion.

July 3, 2008
- Technip, leader in a consortium with Pireco, has been awarded by Tunisian Indian Fertilizers (TIFERT) an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) lumpsum contract for a sulphuric acid unit to be built at the La Skhira industrial site in Tunisia.   The unit, which will be based on the Monsanto Enviro-Chem Systems (MECS) process, will have a production capacity of 3,600 tons per day. It is part of the TIFERT project that will use sulfuric acid and phosphate to produce phosphoric acid for use in fertilisers. The unit is expected to go into production at the beginning of 2010.  This contract will be executed by Technip’s operating centre in Paris. The award of this contract strengthens Technip’s presence in North Africa and demonstrates the group’s expertise in fertiliser production units.

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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