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South-south partnership developing fertilizer production in Ethiopia

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The Ethiopian Ministry of Public Enterprise and OCP Group have signed a US$2.4 billion partnership for the development of a world-class fertilizer platform, in the east of the country.

According to OCP Group, this is continuing the group’s commitment to the development of a south-south partnership, which is based on a common vision between Morocco and Ethiopia for sustainable agricultural development across Africa and reinforces economic ties between the two countries.

The first phase of the US$2.4 billion investment will enable the production of 2.5 million tpy of fertilizer through 2022, rendering Ethiopia self-sufficient in fertilizer and creating opportunities for exports.

The plant, named Dire Dawa Fertilizer Complex, will produce fertilizer made from Ethiopian potash and ammonia gas, as well as OCP’s phosphoric acid.

Its fully integrated design will regroup logistics, production, raw materials access, storage and transportation and will meet 100% of Ethiopia’s fertilizer demand with high-quality, competitively priced and customised fertilizers. Excess capacity at the platform, coupled with its strategic location and a new railway connection granting access to neighbouring countries, will enable export to the regional market.

An additional investment of US$1.3 billion is expected to increase production to 3.8 million tpy by 2025 in order to meet growing local demand. At the end of this second installation phase, the plant will be made up of 9 units and increase annual fertilizer production by 50%.

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