Sisi opens Phosphatic and Compound Fertilizers Complex in Ain Sokhna

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated on Wednesday August 7, 2019 the Phosphatic and Compound Fertilizers Complex in Ain Shokhna town in the Suez Governorate on the western shore of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Suez.

The complex is the largest industrial establishment for manufacturing fertilizers in the Middle East and North Africa region.

During the inauguration ceremony, the president was keen on allowing a group of Egyptian youth to unveil the commemorative plaque for the industrial complex.

President Sisi was accompanied by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal and Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki.

President Sisi also toured the Phosphatic and Compound Fertilizers Complex and listened to a detailed explanation by head of the main control room of the complex Ahmed Farouq on the production process.

The total number of control rooms at the complex is nine; each plant has its own control room, Farouq said.

Five chemists and CCTV Technical Support Engineer are operating the main control room, he pointed out.

The first chemical engineer follows up the production process at the concentrated sulfuric acid plants, with a total capacity of 250,000 tons annually, in addition to two electric power units, with an electricity generation capacity of 46 MWh, he said.

As for the second chemical engineer, he is responsible for following up the production process at the commercial phosphoric acid factories, with a total capacity of 800,000 tons per year, he added.

The third chemical engineer is in charge of following up the production process at the pure phosphoric factories, with a total capacity of 150,000 tons annually.

Regarding the two other chemical engineers, they are tasked with following up the production process at the granular and liquid fertilizer plants, with a total annual capacity of 650,000 tons and 100,000 tons, respectively.

He further noted that for the first time, monoammonium phosphate and diammonium phosphate fertilizers will be manufactured in Egypt.

There are 180 fixed and mobile surveillance cameras to monitor all sectors and facilities inside the complex, he added.

President Sisi also made an inspection tour of thee main technical laboratories for quality assurance at the Phosphatic and Compound Fertilizers Complex that were established in cooperation with Chinese companies and in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 related to the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories.

The laboratories include a phosphoric acid testing lab that follows up the production stages of phosphoric acid from fuorapatite, known as phosphate rock, till the production of phosphoric acids.

The lab is equipped with apparatus for analyzing fluoride and mechanical and structural properties of phosphoric acids and spectroscopy equipment.

For his part, head of the finished product testing laboratory Hassan Abdel Hamid said that the sulfuric acid testing lab includes humidity measuring devices (hygrometers) and automatic sampling devices (autosamplers).

In light of the plant’s production of 3,800 tons of 98.5% sulfuric acid per day, the lab was equipped with a device to measure the sulfuric acid concentration.

During his tour, Sisi also listened to a detailed explanation on the production process at the diammonium phosphate fertilizer plant, with an annual production capacity of 400,000 tons, in addition to the production process at Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) fertilizer factory, with an annual production capacity of 250,000 tons.

For his part, Head of the diammonium phosphate (DAP) factory Mahmoud Idris posted president Sisi on the manufacturing process at the factory.

He asserted that the plant is designed to comply with the international environmental management standards.

The factory includes a Vapour Recovery Unit (VRU) and a continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS), he explained.

Source: State Information Service Egypt