Jordan Phosphate Mines Co. understands that the long lasting well being of the Company cannot be isolated from the well being of the environment that we are managing. Also, our “license to do our business” depends on the responsibly maintaining the environment.
As an international company, we are committed to mitigating the impacts of our work and products on the environment, caring for the citizens and the natural resources of the Kingdom, and continuously searching for solutions related to environment issues affecting the industry of energy.
Environment protection, as stated in the local and international standards, is one of the mission objectives the Company is striving to achieve. The company invests in the state-of-the-art and advanced technology development that comes along the course of the well being of the environment and reducing water and energy consumption.
The Company is very careful about the general safety and the environment, having its activities within acceptable environmental conditions through the application of the regulations related to environment, the local society, and occupational health, provided that all of these to be in compliance with the international standards aiming at protecting the various elements of the environment, in the various locations of the Company and their surroundings. Also, the Company is very keen on preserving the natural resources like the surface and underground water and other resources, the optimum use of these resources, and preserving the unique Aqaba marine environment, the coral in particular. All of the above is for the Company to achieve its objectives and to have all of its activities in consistence with the international standards for quality, occupational health and safety, and environment protection.
The successful application of all the standards and requirements have qualified the Company to receive international certificates in the fields of institutions and facilities management. These are: ISO 14001 for the environmental management, OHSAS for the occupational health and safety, and ISO 9001 for the quality management. The exporting Department has, too completed the requirements of the ISO 9001.
The Company is working with the Royal Scientific Society to measure the total and fine dust concentration (Pm 2.5 & PM) in Al-Abiad and Al-Sultani regions, in order to control phosphate dust release in accordance with the special Jordanian legal requirements.
Work is still going to habilitate the Fertilizer Unit 75 at the Industrial Complex in Aqaba through installing and operating new equipment to decrease the release of gase fumes and dust. The results of measuring ammonia gas released into the air show that the released gas is less than the allowed maximum limit of 50 mm/m3.
The Company is rehabilitating units 53 and 54 in the sulfuric acid plant, which includes replacing the first and the last absorption towers, the last drying tower, and some of the heat exchangers. The purpose of these replacements is to control the emission of sulfur gazes (SO2 & SO3) to the lowest possible levels.
Desertification through expanding the green areas by planting trees, olive trees in particular, as dust arrester to quell dust, and having a green healthy environment. In addition to planting 1400 trees in Eshidiya mine, and 2500 trees in Wadi Al-Abiad mine, there are ready programs to annually increase the planted areas.
Based on the adapted concept of water resources conservation through water harvesting, recycling, and the reuse of the overburden, the Company has rehabilitated some locations by building dams to collect water resulting from phosphate washing. Furthermore, near to 50% of the reserved water for the uses of the Industrial complex is coming from the treated effluent of the Aqaba Wastewater Treatment Plant, which reserves the potable water for drinking and domestic uses, and helps preserving the strategic water reserve in Jordan.
The Company has switched the electrical power generation units from heavy fuel oil into gas run generators. Clean renewable energy programs are also applied and encouraged to be a secondary source for producing environment friendly energy.
The Company is working on developing the electrical systems in the Industrial Complex to minimize the power loss in the electrical network (grid), be self sufficient, and sell the surplus power to the national grid.