An agreement which will mean increased facilities for handling phosphate at Aqaba Port, was signed in Jordan's capital, Amman, on tuesday (28 October).
An agreement which will mean increased facilities for handling phosphate at Aqaba Port, was signed in Jordan's capital, Amman, on tuesday (28 October). At the signing ceremony in the Transport Ministry Building, the Jordanian Government was represented by the Minister of Transport, Mr.Khaled Al-Haj Hassan. The company that will carry out the work, (PHB) of West Germany, was represented by two of its directors, Dr.Hering and Mr.Pack.
Under the agreement the PHB company will be responsible for building two phosphate stores at the port, and will also install a mechanical loader for transferring the phosphate from the quay to the ships. The capacity of the stores will be 115,000 tons, and the mechanical loader will have a capacity to handle 2,200 tone per hour.
The work is expected to be completed by July'1977, and the cost has been estimated at about six million Jordan Dinars (approx.GBP800,000 sterling) which has to be repaid over forty years.
At the beginning of October the new railway line between Aqaba and the phosphate mines at Al-Hassa was opened, and therefore the speed with which the phosphates can be loaded on to the ships will be of increasing importance if Jordan is to realise the benefits of its investment in the Al-Hassa and Aqaba projects.
Last year Jordan earned a considerable amount of revenue from the 1.4 million tons of phosphates which it exported. Now that the Aqaba railway is functioning, it means that last year's production figures are almost certain to be exceeded by a wide margin. By 1980 Jordan's phosphate production is expected to have more than trebled.