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Boucraa Data

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Boucraa Information

  • General 2015-05-10
    Only the Boucraa deposit is currently being mined, due to its reserves and content. These reserves, of sedimentary type, offer 2 phosphate layers. For the time being, only the first one is mined. Production capacity stands at about 2.4 million tons per year. Opencast mining is carried out by means of 2 walking draglines, and shovels to load trucks. The deposit is divided into several panels approximately 800 m wide and 3,000 m long. Each panel is cut out in 40-meter wide trenches. After screening, phosphate ore is carried from Boucraa to the treatment plants located at Laayoune-Plage on a 100-km long remote-controlled conveyor belt system. There, the ore is washed with sea water, then rinsed with fresh water (from a desalination plant) and dried. This process is mainly intended to increase the BPL content of the product and reduce its water content. Phosphate rock is then carried to the ship loading dock and exported all over the world.

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