RIYAD – Led by the Senior Vice President of the Phosphates Business Unit, Eng. Hassan Al-Ali, a new milestone has been reached for the Saudi Arabian mining company Ma’aden and its African subsidiary Meridian Group in Malawi with the opening of a world-class fertilizer terminal in Liwonde.
The President of Malawi graced the inauguration with several dignitaries, including the Malawian Minister of Finance, the Malawian Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, and other members of parliament. Ma’aden was commended for his investment in the development of Malawi’s economy through his contribution to the establishment of the new fertilizer terminal.
The Liwonde terminal is strategically located on the rail line connecting the Republic of Malawi to the deepwater port of Nacala in the Republic of Zambia, allowing high access to Ma’aden fertilizer products across central and southern Africa.
The state-of-the-art terminal is equipped with a 15,000 m2 roof top facility, 40,000 metric tons (MT) storage capacity, 2,400 MT per day mixing capacity, annual bagging of 10 million and a total production capacity of 360,000 MT per year.
The terminal is powered by cutting-edge technology, including a cloud-based logistics supply chain management system and an advanced on-site laboratory for fast and accurate fertilizer testing. The Terminal also uses sustainable and renewable energy solutions to reduce CO2 emissions.
Liwonde Fertilizer Terminal is expected to contribute to the growth of Ma’aden’s exports to Africa, as it will provide access to a steady supply of high-quality fertilizer to more than 5 million smallholder farmers in the Malawian republics. and Zambia, and subsequently improve food security on the African continent.
The terminal will consolidate Ma’aden’s strategic position in one of the world’s fastest growing agricultural regions and complement its strategic initiatives in Africa, which include Ma’aden’s acquisition of Meridian Group in 2019.
Ma’aden will continue to focus on improving its operations and capitalizing on its capabilities to serve the global phosphate market with value-added, globally diversified and resilient agro-industrial products.
Ma’aden’s mine-to-market fertilizer business consists of three mega production plants in Saudi Arabia: Wa’ad Al Shamal Industrial Minerals City in the north, another in Ras Al Khair Industrial City on the east coast, which is a phosphate and bauxite processing super-hub; and the expansion of Phosphate 3, which will add more than 1 million tonnes of ammonia production – to reach 3.3 million tonnes – and 3 million tonnes of different fertilizer production capacity, to reach a capacity of total production of over 9 million tonnes per year.
In record time, Ma’aden has become the third pillar of Saudi industry and the first multi-product company for the development of the Saudi mining and mineral industry, and among the fifteen largest mining companies in the world.
Ma’aden is a key factor in Saudi Arabia’s position as one of the world’s top three producers and exporters of fertilizers and a key player in the stability of global food security. – SG