South-South Partnership Between Ethiopia and Morocco Self-Sufficient Fertilizer Production in Ethiopia
OCP and the Ethiopian Ministry of Public Enterprise announce the signing of a $ 2.4 billion partnership for the development of a world-class fertilizer platform, continuing their commitment to the development of a south-south partnership.
Addis Abbaba/Ethiopia — The first phase of the investment will enable the production of 2.5 million tons of fertilizer per year 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, taking full advantage of both countries complementary natural resources.
Its fully integrated design will regroup logistics, production, raw materials access, storage and transportation and will satisfy 100 % of Ethiopia’s fertilizer demand with high-quality, competitively priced and customized fertilizers. Excess capacity at the platform, coupled with its strategic location and a new railway connection granting access to neighboring countries, will enable export to the regional market.
An additional investment of $ 1.3 billion is expected to increase production to 3.8 tons per year by 2025 in order to meet growing local demand. At the end of this second installation phase, the plant will be made up of nine units and increase annual fertilizer production by 50 %.