Aqaba plant gets new control room

Jordan Phosphate Mines Company  JPMC
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AMMAN — An “advanced” control room was inaugurated in Aqaba’s phosphoric acid plant affiliated with the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC), the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Petra said JPMC chairman of the board of directors, Dr Mohammad Thneibat, launched the new control room Friday in the company’s industrial complex in Aqaba.

The room’s operating system was updated by integrating the latest technology to keep pace with global developments in the field, JPMC said in a statement.

Touring the newly-equipped room, Thneibat insisted on expediting next stages, which include modernizing the monitoring and operation systems, maintaining full readiness with the highest professional levels of worker protection equipment and taking steps to  enhance safety procedures in accordance with the highest international standards.

Lauding the “high” performance and professionalism of the JPMC industrial complex’s level of “tangible” improvement in the work environment, Thneibat voiced the need to build on achievements made by the company over the past few years.

He cited efforts to improve and modernize the Aqaba complex’s infrastructure and develop its operational mechanisms, according to Petra.

JPMC renovated the Aqaba complex’s phosphoric acid tanks in 2020, introduced technology aimed to reduce its electric energy bill and slashed its heavy fuel consumption cost by JD6 million by using natural gas at the beginning of 2021, the statement said.

Recently, the JPMC signed a memorandum of understanding to recycle and manufacture Phosphogypsum (PG) produced in the Aqaba industrial complex and convert it into chemical products. PG is the calcium sulfate hydrate formed as a by-product of the production of fertilizer from phosphate rock, according to Wikipedia.

JPMC has also signed an agreement to establish and operate a seawater desalination plant using concentrated solar energy, to meet the Aqaba complex’s need of industrial water estimated at 4 million cubic meters annually. The project is envisaged to save the plant JD3 million in operational costs annually.

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