A key element for all life forms
Phosphorus is a component of DNA, RNA, ATP and also the phospholipids that form all cell membranes. Phosphorus plays an important role in converting the sun’s energy into food, fuel and fibbers.
Phosphorus is also essential to:
- the metabolism of sugar;
- energy storage transfer;
- cell division and elargement;
- transfer of genetic information.
In essence, phosphorus is central to life and has no substitute to it.
Use of phosphorus
87% of the product derived from the processing of phosphate is used in the production of fertilzers. Phosphorus is one of the 3 components alongside nitrogen (N) and potasssium (K). There are no substitute for it.
7% of the product resulting from processing is intented for the production of animal food supplements.
6% is used in different products such as preservatives, preservatives, corrosion inhibitors, beauty products, fungicides, ceramic, water treatment and metallurgy.
Origin of phosphor
Phosphorus comes from phosphate rocks (sedimentary or igneous) and extracted from the apatite mineral.
Phosphate rocks are rocks (sedimentary or igneous) which contain high amounts of phosphate-bearing minerals. The phosphate content of these rocks is variable according the rock type, from 15 to 35 % P2O5 for igneous rocks and from 4 to 15 % P2O5 for sedimentary rocks. Igneous rocks are solidified magma and contain little or no contaminant.
The Projet Lac à Paul deposit is made up of igneous rocks.