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German Engineering Dobersek signs contract with Uzbek Navoi MMP to expand phosphate complex

5 May 2012

http://www.timesca.com of 5/5/2012 - German Engineering Dobersek GmbH has signed a contract worth $35 million with the Uzbek Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Plant (NMMP) to expand the Kyzylkum phosphate complex (KPC) in the Central Kyzylkum, according to the NMMP.

The German company will supply equipment to create additional technological lines to produce enriched phosphorite concentrate with the capacity of 316 tonnes per year. The contract will be implemented within two years.
The project will be financed through the NMMP's own funds worth $20 million and loans from Uzbek banks worth $15 million.
The first turn of Kyzylkum phosphate complex with the capacity of 200,000 tonnes of phosphoric concentrate was commissioned in 1998. In late 2000, the complex began producing 400,000 tonnes of phosphate concentrate and 200,000 tonnes of unenriched ground phosphate rock.
In 2007, the German Engineering Dobersek GmbH spent ten million euros to upgrade the complex.
The Dzheroy deposit in the Central Kyzylkum with reserves of 303.6 million tonnes of ore and 57.7 million tons of phosphate raw materials will ensure agricultural needs in the phosphorous fertilizers for more than 100 years and serves as a raw material base for the KPC.
Today Uzbekistan has three companies that produce phosphate fertilizers: Kokand Superphosphate Plant (Ferghana region), Samarkand Chemical Plant and Ammophos-Maxam (Almalyk, Tashkent region). In 2011, the production of phosphate fertilizers in Uzbekistan decreased by 6.3% to 139,400 tonnes.