Zimbabwe’s new coal-to-fertilizer plant 2023

As Zimbabwe increases agricultural production, Verify Engineering, a government-owned company, will use local coal to make ammonia-based fertilizers.

We’ll make ammonium-based fertilizers via gasification. Edgar Kamusoko, the company’s board chair, claimed processing methods and designs are already in place.

Verify Engineering and Magcor Consortium Group of Companies from Canada will cooperate to create “significant” top-dressing fertiliser for farmers to meet the country’s need.

Verify conducted a feasibility study on coal gasification technology to provide gas for the Bosch-Haber process to produce nitrogenous fertilizers.

Coal will be processed into fertilizer as part of a new government program in Zimbabwe.

Southern Africa’s fertiliser demand is considerable, while indigenous output only meets 10%. Farmers in a country with foreign currency shortages and a volatile exchange rate must import 90%.

Verify Engineering is a major manufacturer of acetylene, medical oxygen, industrial gases, and nitrogen gases for the healthcare, petrochemical refining, manufacturing, drinks, food, fiber-optics, steel production, chemicals, and water treatment industries.

The Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science, and Technology Development Ministry helped create the corporation in April 2005 and build a strategic business unit in 2021.

Emmerson Mnangagwa authorized the $750 million project in 2018. After thereafter, the two businesses went China to do technical diligence on the Chinese companies that would help them implement the project.

“The [Chinese] companies were supposed to demonstrate their ability and proven track record in carrying out such projects and, in particular, their ability to integrate different types of licensed technologies on their front-end engineering and design as well as construction,” Verify’s CEO, Pedzisai Tapfumaneyi, told Zimbabwe’s Sunday Mail.

The Zimbabwe Fertiliser Manufacturers Association estimates that the sector needs $135 million per year to function at 60% capacity to fulfill demand.

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