The World's Longest Phosphate Slurry Pipeline System

Project
OCP Phosphate Project
Location
Morocco
Timeframe
2008 - 2011
Client
Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP)
Industry Sector
Industrial; Minerals & Metals
Commodity
Industrial Chemicals
Service Area
Infrastructure; Pipelines; Transportation & Logistics
Solutions
Basic Engineering; Infrastructure Services; Basic & Detailed Engineering; Feasibility Studies & Concept Design; Slurry Pipelines; Design & Construction

Ausenco provided beneficiation plant, port and pipeline design services for the OCP Phosphate Project in Morocco.

In 2008, phosphate was transported by rail at the OCP phosphate project in Morocco. Interested in utilizing pipeline transportation at the site, the client awarded Ausenco a contract for beneficiation plant, port and pipeline design services.

Our scope included preliminary studies and basic design of the project’s slurry pipeline, which will be the longest phosphate slurry pipeline in the world when complete.

Ausenco also provided preliminary study and basic design services for the downstream facilities (filtration, storage, distribution and drying plant), and basic engineering on one Greenfield beneficiation plant and Brownfield adaptations of two other plants.

The pipeline design scope included:

  • 187 km x 36" phosphate main pipeline from head station to terminal; 38 Mtpy; 5,000 m3/h
  • 22 km x 16" feeder pipeline from Daoui to head station; 6 Mtpy
  • 1 km x 16" feeder pipeline from MEA to head station; 6 Mtpy
  • 1 km x 12" feeder pipeline from MEA to head station; 4 Mtpy
  • 15 km x 20" feeder pipeline from Halassa to head station; 10 Mtpy
  • 10 km x 20" feeder pipeline from Oulad Fares to head station; 12 Mtpy
  • Pump stations with centrifugal pumps at Daoui, Halassa, Oulad Fares and the head station
  • Approximately 50 - 20m x 20m agitated storage tanks

Four grades of beneficiated phosphate will be transported to the terminal station where up to five commercial grades will be blended for delivery to local chemical plants and for export.

This project demonstrates the ability of our group to collaborate and deliver a unique, comprehensive solution for our client.

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