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The phosphate drying plant in the Khenifis mines rehabilitated with a production capacity of 650,000 tons annually

June 20, 2021
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Homs (ST): With national efforts and expertise, the cadres of the Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources rehabilitated the phosphate drying plant in the Khneifis mines in the Palmyra desert and took off on a trial run with a production capacity of 650,000 tons annually.

The factory, which was systematically sabotaged by terrorists, consists of a concentration unit, two dryers to dry phosphates, attached warehouses for storing phosphates, and a special loading unit to load the train that transports phosphates to Tartous port with a capacity of 5,000 tons per day.

During a tour by the Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Eng. Bassam To’meh to the phosphate plants in Palmyra to follow up the rehabilitation work there, the Director-General of the General Organization for Geology and Mineral Resources, Eng. Samir al-Assad indicated that the trial launch took place after the completion of the rehabilitation phase of the plant, which was previously completely destroyed and rebuilt again, adding that it is intended for the production of dried and concentrated phosphate in the Khneifis mine with an annual production capacity of about 650 thousand tons, indicating that work is underway to develop production to reach 850 thousand tons annually.

The director of the General Corporation for Geology praised the workers’ efforts in rehabilitating the plant, “as they proved that, despite the economic blockade, they are able to rebuild what was destroyed by terrorism, especially since the rate of destruction of the plant was very large.”

Engineer Talib Khaddour, director of the Khneifis phosphate mines pointed out that there are two phosphate units in Khneifis, the concentration unit, and the drying unit, which were sabotaged by terrorism, noting that it was rehabilitated and today it is in a good stage, close to the stage of a complete production.