Algeria: Sonatrach and Citic to construct $6 billion phosphate extraction and processing complex

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Algerian public oil company Sonatrach and Chinese conglomerate Citic signed an agreement for the construction of a phosphate extraction and processing complex in Tébessa (630 km East of Alger), requiring a $6 billion investment, the official news agency APS revealed.

This complex which should enter into production in 2022 will help Algeria increase its yearly phosphate production from 1 million tons to 10 million tons.

According to the Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, the new complex will guarantee revenue of "about 2 billion dollars" per year.

Apart from the extraction of phosphate at Bled El-Hadba’s deposit in Tébessa, the complex will ensure the production of phosphoric fertilizer and ammonia acid as well as create 3,000 direct jobs.

Algerian Sonatrach and Asmidal-Manal own 51% of the firm and the Chinese consortium led by Citic owns 49% of stakes.

Algeria is trying to diversify its economy from oil which represents 95% of the country’s revenues in foreign currency.

(Ecofin Agency)