Saudi Arabian company Ma’aden strengthens African presence with new fertilizer terminal in Malawi

MALAWI – Saudi Arabian Mining Company Ma’aden has opened a world-class fertilizer terminal in Liwonde, Malawi through its African subsidiary Meridian Group.

The Liwonde Terminal is strategically located on the rail line connecting the Republic of Malawi to the deep-sea port of Nacala in the Republic of Zambia, allowing for high access to Ma’aden’s fertilizer products across central and southern Africa.

The state-of-the-art terminal is equipped with a 15,000 m2 under-roof facility, a 40,000 metric ton (MT) storage capacity, a 2,400 MT per day blending capacity, an annual bagging capacity 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 rapid and accurate fertilizer testing.

It also uses sustainable and renewable energy solutions to reduce CO2 emissions.

According to Ma’aden, the unit is expected to contribute to the growth of its exports to Africa as it will provide access to a steady supply of high-quality fertilizer to over 5 million small-hold farmers in the Republics of Malawi and Zambia, and subsequently, improve food security on the African continent.

The Terminal will cement the company’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 enhancing its operations and capitalizing on its capabilities to serve the global phosphate market with value-oriented, globally diversified, and resilient agribusiness products.

Its 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 at Ras Al Khair Industrial City on the East coast, which is a phosphate and bauxite processing super-hub.

The Phosphate 3 expansion, will add over 1 million tonnes ammonia production—to reach 3.3 million tonnes—and 3 million tonnes of different fertilizer production capacity, to achieve a total production capacity of more than 9 million tonnes per year.

In record time, Ma’aden has become the third pillar of Saudi industry and the leading multi-commodity company for the development of the Saudi mining and minerals industry, and among the fifteen largest global mining companies.

The company is a key driver of Saudi Arabia’s position as one of the top three global producers and exporters of fertilizers and a key player in the stability of global food security.

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