Plants: Phosphate Rock Mine & Beneficiation Plant
6209 County Road 663
Wauchula, Florida 33873-1549
CF Industries operates the nation’s most recently constructed phosphate rock mine and ore beneficiation plant in Hardee County, Florida. The mine’s more than 22,000 acres of phosphate reserves should support approximately 22 years of mining at current operating rates of approximately 3.5 million tons of phosphate rock annually. Currently, 12 years of those reserves are fully permitted.
The Hardee County facility operates three large mining draglines. The mining and beneficiation complex is laid out to maximize efficiency, minimizing the distance the slurried ore (the “matrix”) must be pumped from each dragline to the beneficiation plant. The plant upgrades the matrix, eliminating impurities such as sand and clay and producing phosphate rock.
The beneficiation plant ships that phosphate via unit train to the company’s phosphate fertilizer manufacturing complex in Plant City, Florida.