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Steel

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

QP and Shell cancel $6bn Al-Karaana petrochemicals complex

QP and Shell cancel $6bn Al-Karaana

14 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Joint venture partners decide against building world-scale petrochemicals plant at Ras Laffan

Iran plans iron smelter in Oman

Iran plans iron smelter in Oman Subscription Required

13 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

New facility to be built at Duqm within five years

Algeria prepares investment reforms

Algeria prepares investment reforms Subscription Required

13 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Government to attempt to simplify bureaucratic procedures

Plant

Tahrir construction to start in third quarter Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Financing negotiations are ongoing for Egypt’s biggest petrochemical plant

Kuwait to decide on Olefins 3 in December

Kuwait to decide on Olefins 3 in December Subscription Required

23 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Plan to integrate petrochemicals plant with Al-Zour refinery waits for green light

Leasehold signed for Ducab metal facility

Leasehold signed for Ducab metal facility Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

Local firm lays foundations for $60m aluminium rod and conductor facility in Abu Dhabi

Tebodin acquires Emcan Consultants & Engineers

Tebodin acquires Emcan Consultants & Engineers Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Takeover to strengthen Dutch group’s industrial buildings and infrastructure business in Saudi Arabia

Air separating factory

Air Liquide opens manufacturing plant in Ras al-Khaimah Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

UAE facility to produce equipment for large air separation units

Agrium blacklisted for Western Sahara activities

Agrium blacklisted for Western Sahara activities Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Swedish government fund excludes the fertiliser company from its portfolio

Wastewater treatment

Qatar tenders third phase of industrial wastewater scheme Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Pre-contract design and consultancy bids due on 11 January

Steel sector

Egypt steel producers not keeping up with demand Subscription Required

10 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Consumption grew by 11 per cent in 2014 but production fell by 7 per cent

Steel

Steel producers ask GCC to keep market fair Subscription Required

10 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Tariffs and greater implementation of quality control essential say senior figures from industry

Tecnimont starts work on Egypt fertiliser factory

Tecnimont starts work on Egypt fertiliser factory Subscription Required

10 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

Italian firm received land for the project on 6 December

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

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

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

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

11 December 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

International contractors are still willing to take all the risks

Oman plastics drive

Liwa Plastics a milestone for Oman diversification Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Sohar megaproject receives first major industrial gas allocation for almost a decade

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale Subscription Required

9 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

New petrochemicals venture could provide jobs and insulation from oil shocks for the whole region

Kuwait Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project Subscription Required

9 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Project merger sparks concerns about further delays

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

Analysis

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

Nationals in petrochemicals workforce

GCC chemicals industry creating local jobs with varied success Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Industry group says almost 150,000 people directly employed in regional chemicals sector

Illustration of Basil el-Baz

Basil el-Baz, chairman and CEO of Carbon Holdings Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Basil el-Baz believes Egypt can compete with the US and Saudi Arabia when it comes to world-class petrochemicals facilities

Selected GCC industrial EPC awards

GCC hits slump in non-oil industrial spending Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Contract spending on industrial projects has dropped for four years with only $1.5bn awarded to date in 2014

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