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Steel industry

Egyptian Steel plans two new factories Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Facilities will add 2.7 million tonnes a year when completed in mid-2016.

Foil

Senaat plans to invest $1.36bn Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Abu Dhabi groups plans to list shares of two business units

Chemicals plant

Oman prepares to tender ammonia plant Subscription Required

1 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Design study completed on proposed facility in Salalah

Khalid al-Falih, CEO of Saudi Aramco

Aramco CEO confirms Jizan chemicals hub Subscription Required

26 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Khalid al-Falih says new refinery will provide feedstock for downstream development

Ras al-Khair Industrial City is being developed to focus on minerals and metals products

Royal Commission to tender $1bn of Ras al-Khair deals Subscription Required

25 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Industrial city being developed to focus on minerals and metals products

Mining

Maaden revenues close in on $3bn in 2014 Subscription Required

25 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Mining company developing programmes in Northern and Eastern parts of kingdom

Lebanon spends $1bn arms grant

Lebanon spends $1bn arms grant Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Authorities confirm weapons shipment will arrive soon

Petrochemicals plant

Chemanol scrap plans for new plant at Jubail Subscription Required

23 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Local petrochemicals producer will not press ahead with sulfonated naphthalene formaldehyde plant

Sugar mill

Jizan agrees deal for $400m sugar mill Subscription Required

22 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Indian producer to build new facility at Jizan Industrial City

Petrochemicals

Companies prequalified for Liwa Plastics Subscription Required

4 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Tenders for $3.6bn petrochemicals project expected to be floated in coming weeks

Petrochemicals industry

Qafco awards maintenance deal Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Joint venture comprises Qatar Petroleum and GE Oil & Gas

Petchems

Saudi Kayan plans shut down Subscription Required

2 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Jubail-based petrochemicals producer will carry out scheduled maintenance in February and October

Petrochemicals industry

Iraq to invest in $11bn petrochemicals complex Subscription Required

1 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Shell-backed cracker project could be completed in five to six years

Crude steel output in 2014

Region's steel sector sees world’s fastest growth Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Middle East boosts output by 7.7 per cent in 2014

Suez Environnement wins Muscat waste facility deal

Suez Environnement wins Muscat waste deal Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

French group’s subsidiary will expand capacity of facility to 400,000 tonnes

Bid deadline delayed on Tacaamol package

Bid deadline delayed on Tacaamol package Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Client sets technical bid date for offsites and utilities package but no timeline for commercial proposals

Al-Waha Petrochemical completes refinancing

Al-Waha Petrochemical completes refinancing Subscription Required

21 January 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Refinancing done via $523m Islamic facility

Morocco’s $488m phosphate pipeline comes online

Morocco’s $488m phosphate pipeline comes online Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Pipeline set to help Morocco supply 40 per cent of the world’s phosphates

Mining

Morocco on track to hit 2020 phosphate target Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Energy and Mining Minister says Morocco will provide 40 per cent of the world’s phosphates

Biscuit factory

Mondelez International to build $90m biscuit factory in Bahrain Subscription Required

19 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

US food giant to employ 300 people at new facility under construction at Hidd

Comment

Qatar makes hard decisions on petrochemicals

Qatar makes hard decisions

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Cancelling the Al-Karaana petrochemicals project is a big decision, but sends an ominous warning to contractors

No other commodity is more closely linked to global economics as steel

Ensuring a fair market for steel Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Legislation is vital to safeguard one of the region’s most important heavy industries

Aluminium industry

Saudisation challenge continues for Maaden Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Elizabeth Bains

Hiring local nationals at industrial sites has been slow

Jubail Industry City in Saudi Arabia

Unlocking the kingdom’s potential Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The success of Ras al-Khair should give more remote cities confidence to develop

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Offshore oil rig

Choosing the right model Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

International contractors are still willing to take all the risks

Analysis

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

Ten richest Mena billionaires

The Middle East’s missing billionaires Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

A lack of world-beating entrepreneurs doesn’t bode well for the region’s economic development

Samir Brikho, CEO, Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler sets sights on Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

CEO of the newly formed company, Samir Brikho speaks to MEED

Major Middle East Gold Production

Region increases gold output Subscription Required

4 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia and Sudan lead growth in gold production

The GCC steel industry has entered a new phase

A new game plan for steel Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The fall in oil prices has forced GCC steel producers to accept that expansion is not the only way forward

Petrochemicals sector

GCC petrochemicals production doubled since 2005 Subscription Required

4 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Six-country bloc produced more than 140 million tonnes of petrochemicals in 2013

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