Introducing NMP

Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) was formed as a joint venture between Australian mining house UCL Resources Limited, Oman based Mawarid Mining LLC, and Namibian company Havana Investments (PTY) Ltd.

NMP is developing the Sandpiper marine phosphate project off the coast of Namibia.

Phosphates, Phosphorus, Fertiliser and Food

Phosphates are the naturally occurring form of the element phosphorus.

Most phosphate is mined in North America, China, Morocco, the Middle East and Oceania. These suppliers face significantly increased demand given the worldwide increase in food production, the loss of arable land to urban sprawl, desertification, climate variability and growing populations.

In 2008, scientists from Sydney's University of Technology and Sweden's Linköping University warned that phosphorus supply could peak in 30 years' time, with reserves exhausted in 50 to 100 years. This would have a severe impact on the world's food supply because phosphorus is an essential element for fertiliser, and effective fertiliser is the only way to increase crop yields when the supply of land is fixed.

Benefits of the Project

NMP is developing the world's first marine phosphate project, which will establish Namibia as a premier rock phosphate producer in the global market.

There is potential to establish future downstream processing of NMP's beneficiated phosphate into higher value phosphorous and compound fertilisers of the resource, particularly for the production of fertiliser. Local production of phosphate will help to secure agricultural productivity and food security in Namibia and the region, as well as elsewhere in the world.

The project will contribute to national and regional growth through employment, royalties and tax revenues. Direct permanent employment will be created, as well as indirect jobs in supporting services. These will include short-term employment during construction and the opportunity for capacity development and training.