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Ghantoot to invest in $700m fertiliser plant in Duqm Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Abu Dhabi group says Oman project will include carbon-capture facility

Petchems

Egypt to invest $14bn in refining and petrochemicals Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Oil Minister says plan includes $1.9bn investment in ETHYDCO

Qatar puts Al-Sejeel petrochemicals plant on hold

Qatar puts Al-Sejeel petrochemicals plant on hold Subscription Required

24 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Joint venture partners to look at alternative plans that could give higher yields

petrochemicals

Egypt’s Ain Sokhna ammonium nitrate plant to go online Subscription Required

24 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Ain Sokhna plant is one of two Carbon Holdings facilities expected to start production in coming months

Instability in fertiliser-producing regions such as Ukraine and North Africa is preventing overcapacity in the market from driving down prices

Political instability keeping fertiliser prices stable Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

North Africa and Ukraine unrest preventing global oversupply dampening market

Phosphate fertiliser

GCC fertiliser output to grow by 50 per cent by 2018 Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

GPCA forecasts output to surge as capacity is added over next five years

fertilisers

KBR wins Algerian fertiliser contract Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Fertial awards US engineering firm design contract to overhaul ammonia plants

Plant

Jordan signs fertiliser deal with Chinese group Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

State mining group plans to build $350m phosphates plant in Aqaba

Petrochemicals

Tahrir complex will go ahead with or without EXIM Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Carbon Holdings says its $5bn project in Egypt will continue if US EXIM Bank is unwound

Emirates Flight Catering is evaluating bids from companies for the contract to build the third phase of its flight catering facilities at Dubai International airport

Emirates Flight Catering evaluates bids Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Contractors are competing to build third phase of facilities at Dubai International airport

Maaden is expected to make a decision by the end of September on the last two remaining technical packages for its $7bn phosphates city at Waad al-Shamal

Maaden to award remaining Waad al-Shamal packages Subscription Required

9 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Two contracts still under evaluation after initial bids were too high

Petrochemical plant

Oman invites prequalification on Liwa Plastics Subscription Required

9 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Sohar petrochemicals complex split into four construction packages

Global lab demand

Farabi moves $1bn plant from Jizan to Yanbu Subscription Required

7 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

New petrochemicals plant has secured land allocation and is now in discussions for feedstock

Ship-building

Samsung Engineering in $2.5bn merger Subscription Required

1 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

One of the Middle East’s most active international contractors to join Samsung Heavy Industries

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

Refinery

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

Comment

Qatar gas

Al-Sejeel just a blip in Qatar's grand plan

25 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Doha has a reputation for spending money on projects it believes in

Fertiliser production facility

Fertiliser industry facing tough times

18 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Global overcapacity could mean lower margins for expanding GCC industry

Yanbu petrochemicals

The expansion challenge for Farabi

11 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Building a petrochemicals plant is always difficult, but Farabi faces doing so without state ownership

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

Mining

Morocco’s chance to lead the pack

7 August 2014

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

Analysis

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

Industry

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

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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