Document Type : Original Research Paper


Department of Earth Sciences, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tangier, Morocco.


In Sidi Chennane, Central Morocco, the cost of phosphate mining is often influenced by problems bound to the existence of sterile bodies called derangements. These bodies consisting of a waste rocky material affect the sedimentary phosphate series, and thus disturb the phosphate extraction process. In this work, we attempt to analyze and quantify the economic impact of these sterile bodies on the cost of phosphate mining in Sidi Chennane. The work is carried out through a prototype model prepared as a real mining trench, using data collected during our internships in the Sidi Chennane mining field. The results of this work show that the cost of removing derangements increases the cost of phosphate mining for the entire cycle of production, drilling, blasting, ripping, dozing, loading, and hauling. It is concluded, therefore, that the outcomes of this work are of great importance for obtaining an accurate understanding of phosphate mining when confronted derangements. This can be adapted to analyze and interpret such similar structures in phosphate mines around the world (e.g. Taïba phosphate mine in Senegal).


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