Jordan, India ink deal to build aluminum fluoride plant in Ma'an

Jordan, India ink deal to build aluminum fluoride plant in Ma'an
The plant will be built in Eshidiya in Ma'an governorate. [representational]
Published: 9 January 2020 - 12:15 p.m.

The Jordanian Chemicals Company, which is owned by Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) alongside India’s Andhra Pradesh-based Alufluoride Limited will build an aluminum fluoride plant, as part of an agreement signed by the two companies.

Valued at $25m, Stage 1 of the plant will be built to produce aluminum fluoride in the Eshidiya region in Ma'an Governorate. Additionally, the companies will also carry out modernisation activities at JPMC’s aluminum fluoride plant in Aqaba, which will help the firm produce the chemical at the same cost.

Construction work on the new factory will commence in the beginning of February 2020 and will be carried for a 15-month period. According to Jordan news agency Petra, the factory will create neary 100 employment opportunities.

As part of the deal, JPMC will supply 18,143.7 tonnes (t) of fluosilic acid each year to the new plant in Eshidiya. Fluosilic acid is one of the side products derived from the extraction of phosphate in the Eshidiya mines.

Chairman of JPMC, Dr. Mohamed Thunaibat said that the project supports its move towards conversion industries and diversification of its income sources. The agreement was signed between Thunaibat and chairman of the board of directors of Alufluoride Limited, Venkat Narayanan.

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