Extraction began in early 2014 and is now proceeding while plans are developed for the plant that will produce SOP and NPK for the Chinese and Central Asian market. The beneficiation plant will also produce DCP for our own plant EuroChem BMU. Other products will include calcium chloride, gypsum and sulphuric acid.
In 2013, we started developing our two phosphate rock deposits in the Zhambyl region of Southern Kazakhstan. We invested over US$ 130 million to create and prepare the mine.
Currently, further transport infrastructure is being created and more equipment commissioned with a view to reaching full mining capacity in 2016. In parallel, we are contemplating the construction of chemical and fertilizer processing and manufacturing capacity alongside the progress of our mining operations.
This project will develop a significant resource base which can be supplied into Kazakhstan as well as exported.