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Cement

Qalaa looks to invest in Egyptian cement Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Managing director says company is expecting increased demand

Petchems

Al-Zour study time frame outlined Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Plans for petrochemical integration are in the prefeasibility phase

Mining

Slow progress frustrates Egyptian miners Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority yet to make decision

Firms prequalify for Salalah ammonia plant

Firms prequalify for Salalah ammonia plant Subscription Required

19 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Takamul expected to tender chemicals project in second quarter

AC

Johnson Controls plans Saudi plant Subscription Required

16 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Facility at King Abdullah Economic City will make equipment for the HVAC industry  

Egypt expects car market to double in five years

Egypt expects car market to double in five years

15 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Trade and Industry Ministry working on incentives for carmakers

Lafarge signs waste agreement with Orascom

Lafarge signs waste agreement with Orascom

15 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Orascom to provide waste for clean energy production

Local firms to join Arabtec Egypt housing scheme

Suez Canal Zone masterplan unveiled

15 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Scheme involves six ports along canal in Egypt

Egypt power

GE to invest $200m for manufacturing facility in Egypt

13 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Facility will create 500 skilled jobs for Egyptian nationals

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

Saudi Arabia now largest defence spender Subscription Required

8 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Kingdom replaces India and is expected to invest even more in 2015

Steel pipes

Abu Dhabi and Japan to build steel pipe plant Subscription Required

5 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Joint venture facility expected to start operations in 2018

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

Comment

Petrochemicals

Petrochemicals will consolidate Subscription Required

17 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Second half of the decade will be a quiet period for the sector

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans Subscription Required

11 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

City presents a blueprint for other projects to follow

Qatar makes hard decisions on petrochemicals

Qatar makes hard decisions Subscription Required

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

Jubail

Saudi industrial city developments progressing Subscription Required

9 March 2015

The kingdom is spending $11bn to develop downstream, housing and education facilities in the Eastern Province

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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