CPG resumes phosphate supply to customers
07/08/2020 19:20, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Gafsa Phosphate Company (CPG) resumed supplying its customers with commercial phosphate on Thursday, after a several weeks' halt due to protests and sit-ins by job seekers who blocked the phosphate transport routes.

Central production director at CPG Khaled Ouerghi told TAP 7,500 tonnes of commercial phosphate were transported by trains and trucks to factories of the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) in Gabes and the Tunisian-Indian Fertiliser Company (TIFERT) in Skhira (governorate of Sfax), from the company's production units in Metlaoui.

The pace of supply could increase over the next few days if the sit-ins in Mdhilla are lifted, he said.

The company seeks to carry no less than 12 thousand tonnes of commercial phosphate daily to its customers and fertiliser manufacturers, which will help them resume their activities, suspended because of stock shortages.

The CPG places high hopes that the Ministry of Energy, MPs and trade unionists will find a compromise with the protesters in a way that allows the reopening of blocked roads and facilitate phosphate transportation from the CPG units at Redeyef and Om Larayes.

Over the past few days, the local authorities held a series of negotiation meetings with the representatives of sit-inners, resulting in lifting the sit-ins at railways in El Ksar.

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