Six phosphate rock deposits (phosphorites) have been discovered in Angola’s Cabinda province, with estimated reserves of 380 million tons, said the manager of Vale Fértil Lda recently in Luanda.
Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Ehud Levy said that mining work would begin on the Cácata deposit (80 kilometres form the city of Cabinda) as it was a region with the purest reserves, which makes it possible to export fertilisers manufactured using simple processes.
Levy added that Cácata was the first phase of development of the phosphate industry, which will include Cabinda in the world phosphate rock market with annual production of an estimated 800,000 tons.
“The next phase of the project’s development will include construction of an industry to process the phosphates, including production of phosphoric acid and fertiliser, which will be followed by exploration of the remaining deposits,” said the Vale Fértil manager.
According to Levy, the first phase of this project will require investment of US$182 million, US$73 million of which will be used to build port facilities.
The main uses of phosphorites include producing agricultural fertiliser, detergents and cleaning products, water treatment, the food industry, animal feed, toothpaste and acids for industrial use, such as for cleaning metals. (macauhub)