Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewables, Hachmi Hmidi, said the phosphate sector’s situation is reassuring.
The activity has resumed its normal pace after a long period of protest and blockade, the official said in a statement to African Manager on November 2.
With the resumption of the activity of all mining centers, the rate peaked at 17 thousand tons per day, he added.
“With this rate, we can achieve a considerable level of production estimated at 3.4 million tons by the end of the current year with the transformation of 4 million tons,” he has said.
For the first 10 months of 2016, Hachmi Hmidi was optimistic, pointing out production has reached 2.8 million tons.
Regarding commercial phosphate, production posted an increase of 45% compared to the same period of 2015, the equivalent of 2.39 million tons.
For the transport of phosphate, the official reported that 1,268 tons were transported by train between the production areas and processing areas. One million tons were transported by truck while 212,000 tons were transported by belt.