In a move that will cement its strategic position in one of the world’s fastest-growing agricultural regions, and in coordination with its African subsidiary Meridian Group, the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) will open a new state-of-the-art fertilizer terminal in the African nation of Malawi.
As one of the top three global producers and exporters of fertilizers, Ma’aden is a key player in the stability of global food security and a key driver of Saudi Arabia’s position.
Strategically located on the rail line connecting Malawi to the seaport of Nacala in Mozambique, the Liwonde Terminal is allowing Ma’aden’s fertilizer products to be highly accessible across central and southern Africa.
The state-of-the-art terminal, which boasts a total production capacity of 360,000 MT pa, is equipped with a 15,000 sq m under-roof facility, a 40,000 metric tonne (MT) storage capacity, a 2,400 MT per day blending capacity as well as an annual bagging capacity of 10 million.
The new terminal, which will use sustainable and renewable energy solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, will be powered by cutting-edge technology, such as a cloud-based logistics supply chain management system as well as an advanced on-site laboratory for rapid and accurate fertilizer testing.
The facility will provide access to a steady supply of high-quality fertilizer to over 5 million small-hold farmers in Malawi and Zambia, hence improving the food security on the African continent.
According to Maaden, the Liwonde terminal will complement its strategic initiatives in Africa – which include the 2019 acquisition of Meridian Group – and is expected to contribute to its export growth to Africa.
The Saudi group’s effort to enhance its operations while capitalizing on its capabilities to serve the global phosphate market with value-oriented, globally-diversified, and resilient agribusiness products was commended by the Malawian officials as an investment in their country’s development through the establishment of the Liwonde fertilizer Terminal.
Ma’aden’s mine-to-market fertilizer business consists of three mega-production plants in Saudi Arabia – Wa’ad Al Shamal Industrial Minerals City in the North, the plant in the Ras Al Khair Industrial City on the East coast, and the Phosphate 3 expansion.