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Tunisia: phosphate production is around 3.5 million tons in 2019

Phosphate production has reached nearly 3.5 million tons from January to November 2019,

Director General of the Gafsa Phosphate Company (CPG) Ali Khemiri said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop organized by the Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA), he told TAP production would reach 3.8 million tons this year compared to 2.8 million tons in 2018.

The GPC could achieve the 2010 production level of 8 million tons if social stability in the mining basin were to return to normal, by removing external barriers such as job applications, water and rail cuts, hoping that the new government would ensure stability and increase exports.

Abderrazak Ouanassi, Director General of the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) said after the government’s decision to separate the GCT and the GPC in October 2018, there has been a remarkable improvement in phosphate transfer from the GPC to the GCT, using locomotives and trucks.

An improvement in the phosphate stock is also noted and the various phosphoric acid units are functioning normally.

He added that the GCT will be able to meet its commitments to local and foreign markets, particularly to the Bangladesh market, noting that one ship has already been loaded from the port of Sfax to go to that country and another is being loaded.

In addition, it is expected that a third vessel will be loaded towards Bangladesh in late December or early January.


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