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Ras Laffan petrochemicals complex in Qatar

Prequalification starts at $7.4bn Qatar chemicals scheme Subscription Required

18 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Al-Sejeel petrochemicals complex invites interest for last two packages at Ras Laffan


Hand over of PetroRabigh expansion Subscription Required

4 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Holding company which operates refinery complex will now control $8bn second phase

Dow Chemical to build reverse osmosis manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia

Dow to build Saudi reverse osmosis plant Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Plant will manufacture component for desalination facilities


Qatar Mining wins Malian gold concessions Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

State-owned operator to carry out exploration at four sites in West African state


Sabic’s $4.2bn steel plants put on hold Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Further studies regarding project feasibility for two steel mills to be carried out

Petrochemical plant

Oman awards five technology licences on Liwa Plastics Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Petrochemicals deals worth $80m handed to Randall, Axens, CB&I, LyondellBasell and Univation

Abraaj sees strong growth potential in North Africa’s healthcare sector and has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in a Tunisian private hospital

Abraaj Group targets North African investments Subscription Required

15 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Private equity firm confirms interest in Egypt’s Bisco Misr

Barrick Gold Maaden Jabal Sayid copper mine, Saudi Arabia

Maaden signs $210m copper mine deal with Barrick Gold Subscription Required

13 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi mining company now has 50 per cent share in Jabal Sayid mine close to Medina


Maaden $5bn financing attracts high number of foreign banks Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Financing deal marks growing international bank appetite for Saudi Arabian Mining Company

Aluminium smelting

Bahrain approves gas allocation for Alba Subscription Required

2 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Region’s oldest smelter at Aluminium Bahrain in line for gas that would allow sixth potline expansion

Saudi Aramco to retender Ras Tanura in late 2014 or early 2015 Subscription Required

1 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Front-end engineering and design being reconfigured to fit new scope of work for the Ras Tanura refinery clean fuels and aromatics project

Oman seeks interest in Liwa Plastics construction tender Subscription Required

1 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies ask to express interest in $3.6bn petrochemicals project in Sohar

Sabic joint venture yet to sign petrochemicals plant deal Subscription Required

30 June 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Nothing has been finalised on project to build two petrochemicals facilities in Saudi Arabia, say sources

Dubai-based electrochemical group Cumberland acquired Subscription Required

30 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Hitachi Zosen says acquisition of Cumberland will expand its operations in electro-chlorination services

Start-up of Saudi urea plant pushed back Subscription Required

25 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Safco-5 fertiliser plant to start up in the first quarter of 2015 amid construction delays


Ras Laffan, Qatar

Qatar’s return to spending

21 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Doha is keen to both strengthen its gas operations as well as diversify its hydrocarbons sector


Morocco’s chance to lead the pack

7 August 2014

With the right management from Rabat, Morocco can become a global phosphates superpower

Phosphates mining

Riyadh’s third pillar of success Subscription Required

1 May 2014

Maaden proves itself with project to build major phosphates development in the kingdom


Construction equipment

Construction surge boosts Saudi Arabia's equipment sales Subscription Required

29 June 2014 | By Jeff Florian

Construction equipment suppliers respond to increase in demand as rising government expenditures bolster the kingdom’s construction market

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