The Jordan Geologists Association implemented a preliminary survey covering an area of 250 sq km in north-east Jordan incrementing the Kingdom phosphate reserves in some 200 million tonnes of rock. The resource is close to the surface, making it less expensive to extract, and according to them and at current world prices they are worth some US$30 billion.
The Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) has an exclusive concession for phosphate exploration in the country, according to an agreement signed with the government in 2006. JPMC produces up to 7 million tonnes a year of rock, making it the world’s sixth largest phosphate rock producer and the second largest exporter. JPMC owns and operates a fertilizer complex in Aqaba that produces 350,000 tonnes per year of phosphoric acid, 650,000 tonnes per year DAP, and 14,000 tonnes per year aluminium fluoride. They are currently investing about US$ 240 million in expanding the dock at the port of Aqaba, after having signed an agreement with the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) in 2010. The new infrastructure, which will have an average annual handling capacity of approximately four million tonnes, will include a 280-metre-long berth equipped with handling equipment. The berth will be connected to a state of the art storage/handling facility with a long haul pipe conveyor all completely equipped as part of JPMC’s obligations whether during construction or operation with the necessary environmental, safety, general security and health equipment and precautions and according to the environmental laws of the ASEZ (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority).
Jordan’s current phosphate reserves are some 1.5 billion tonnes rock.