Potash and Phosphates – Mining and Processing

Fertilizer components key to global food production, potash and phosphates have unique mining and refining processes.

Potash

Potash provides potassium, the third major crop nutrient for fertilizers for crop production.

Potash ore is extracted from deposits often deep below the earth’s surface via either conventional underground mining or solution mining.

Fluor’s Mining & Metals team has extensive experience in developing feasibility study requirements, bringing certainty to function, cost and schedule for Client projects.

With potash projects, Fluor draws on all of the company's global resources, i.e. experts in process engineering, material handling, facility design, constructability, operations and maintenance and performance technology, to deliver superior results to Fluor Clients in the fertilizer sector.

The Fluor team brings experience from major potash projects around the globe with experts in all aspects of potash production, from materials handling to crystallization.

Recent potash projects include engineering studies in Saskatchewan, Canada and projects in the United Kingdom, the United States and throughout Africa.

Phosphates

World demand for phosphate is growing, as phosphate is a key component of most common fertilizers used for crop production.

Mining and processing of phosphate resources present unique challenges. Phosphate-containing rock, or phosphorite, is typically obtained through open-cast mining, and then processed through crushing and beneficiation to final end-products.

Fluor has recent experience in the development of state-of-the-art phosphate production facilities. Fluor's diversified industrial experience is perfectly suited to the integration challenges of phosphate production with bulk solids handling, chemical processing, finishing and packaging capabilities. Fluor's core competencies in each of these areas support delivery of world-class solutions with optimal life-cycle value.

The Ma’aden Umm Wu’al Phosphate Project in Saudi Arabia, one of the largest integrated phosphate fertilizer facilities in the world, is a prime example.