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Dow Chemical to build reverse osmosis manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia

Dow to build Saudi reverse osmosis plant Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Plant will manufacture component for desalination facilities

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

1 July 2014 | By

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

Ivory Coast group to build cocoa plant in Oman Subscription

27 May 2014 | By

New joint venture to invest $150m in factory to process cocoa beans from West Africa

Project bids

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

16 September 2014 | By

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

9 September 2014 | By

Two contracts still under evaluation after initial bids were too high

Petrochemical plant

Oman invites prequalification on Liwa Plastics Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Sohar petrochemicals complex split into four construction packages

Ras Laffan petrochemicals complex in Qatar

Prequalification starts at $7.4bn Qatar chemicals scheme Subscription

18 August 2014 | By

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

Oman seeks interest in Liwa Plastics construction tender Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

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

Sabic joint venture yet to sign petrochemicals plant deal Subscription

30 June 2014 | By

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

State-owned company to build Egyptian wheat silos Subscription

9 June 2014 | By

Arab Organisation for Industrialisation to build 25 silos in North African state

Frontrunners emerge for $500m Sabic project Subscription

4 June 2014 | By

Decision expected to be made between Spanish and Taiwanese contractors

Project awards


KBR wins Algerian fertiliser contract Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

Fertial awards US engineering firm design contract to overhaul ammonia plants


Jordan signs fertiliser deal with Chinese group Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

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

Dow Chemical to build reverse osmosis manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia

Dow to build Saudi reverse osmosis plant Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Plant will manufacture component for desalination facilities


Qatar Mining wins Malian gold concessions Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

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

Petrochemical plant

Oman awards five technology licences on Liwa Plastics Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

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

Linde wins design deal on Salalah ammonia plant Subscription

23 June 2014 | By

Construction deal of Omani chemicals project expected to be tendered at the end of 2014

Drake & Scull wins $599m contract on Egypt chemicals complex Subscription

15 May 2014 | By

Dubai group joins consortium building utilities and offsite utilities at cracker project

Sun Metals awards contracts on Sur steel mill Subscription

13 May 2014 | By

South Korea’s Posco and Japan-based Sojitz win deals on Omani metals scheme



Tahrir complex will go ahead with or without EXIM Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

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


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

3 July 2014 | By

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


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

9 September 2014 | By

Two contracts still under evaluation after initial bids were too high

Global lab demand

Farabi moves $1bn plant from Jizan to Yanbu Subscription

7 September 2014 | By

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


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

20 July 2014 | By

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

Start-up of Saudi urea plant pushed back Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

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

Industry trends

Middle East contracts awarded July 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2014 Subscription

11 August 2014

Over $8bn of contracts were awarded in July in the Middle East

Construction equipment

Construction surge boosts Saudi Arabia's equipment sales Subscription

29 June 2014 | By

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

Middle East contract awards May 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: May 2014 Subscription

2 June 2014

Over $8bn of contracts awarded in May in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Fertiliser production facility

Fertiliser industry facing tough times

18 September 2014 | By

Global overcapacity could mean lower margins for expanding GCC industry

Yanbu petrochemicals

The expansion challenge for Farabi

11 September 2014 | By

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

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

1 May 2014

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


SMEs to become more competitive Subscription

14 April 2014 | By

Several planned initiatives should improve conditions for SMEs


Chemicals plan hits fuel hurdle Subscription

3 April 2014 | By

A planned oil-to-chemicals project in Yanbu has huge potential, but could be derailed by the amount of subsidised fuel it needs for power


Jizan success to attract investors Subscription

27 March 2014 | By

While the gasification scheme is expensive, it could end up paying for itself very quickly

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Special reports


Middle East Industry Report: Region seeks to boost jobs

1 July 2014

Efforts are under way to drive job creation through industrial diversification


Petrochemicals: Evolution of the region’s plastics industry Subscription

19 February 2014

Despite increasing product diversity, the Middle East petrochemicals sector must seek new markets in light of increased competition


Agriculture: Rethinking Gulf investment in African farms Subscription

17 February 2014 | By

To live in a GCC country is to rely on imported food

Youth unemployment rate 2000-2016

Private sector targets local talent Subscription

14 November 2013 | By

International firms working in the region are becoming increasingly aware that investment in educating and employing nationals will improve their chances of winning work


Petrochemicals: Riyadh leads project spending Subscription

24 October 2013

The GCC’s petrochemicals industry has undergone massive expansion over the past half-decade


Engineering, Procurement & Construction 2013: Tapping the region's community

9 October 2013

Welcome to Engineering, Procurement & Construction in the Middle East, sponsored by Arabtec and Samsung Engineering

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Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013

There are more than $220bn-worth of projects planned or under way in Qatar, as it pushes forwards with major infrastructure developments

Abu Dhabi petrochemicals plant

Future developments in Middle East petrochemicals Subscription

26 March 2012

MEED’s exclusive subscriber-only online seminar on the petrochemicals sector in MENA outside of the GCC

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Top 10 projects

Q2 Rank Project Name Country Contract value ($m)
1 Jizan Economic City: Steel Plant: Phase 2 Saudi Arabia 2,000
2 Aluminium Project: Ras Al-Khair Alumina Refinery Saudi Arabia 1,500
3 Ras Laffan Polysilicon Plant Qatar 1,000
3 Iraq Energy City Iraq 1,000
5 Yazd Pelletising Plant Iran 600
6 Nephelene Syenite Mine & Alumina Processing Complex Iran 553
7 Ain Sokhna Steel Plant Egypt 475
8 Jizan Economic City: Pig Iron & Titanium Dioxide Plant Saudi Arabia 458
9 High Pressure Oxidation Line (HiPOL) Saudi Arabia 433
10 Hail Integrated Poultry Processing Plant Saudi Arabia 400
10 Sulaimaniyah Smelter & Steel Plant: Phase 2 Iraq 400
10 Khorasan Pelletising Plant Iran 400
Click through to the full data table on the industry sector's biggest projects in execution
Click through to MEED's Q2 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: September 2014

Project trends

Gulf Projects Index

Iran market expansion shores up index Subscription

7 August 2014

With a market growth of 3.8 per cent, Iran offers the main support for the Gulf Projects Index

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Abdulla Jassim Kalban Subscription

Issue 17 27 April-3 May 2012

Abdulla Jassim Kalban is managing director and CEO, Emirates Global Aluminium

Abdullah al-Rubaian Subscription

22 August 2012

Abdullah al-Rubaian is chairman, Arabian Agricultural Services Company (Arasco)

Abdullatif al-Othman Subscription

Issue 6 10-16 February 2012

Abdullatif al-Othman is chairman, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority

Abdulnasser al-Babtain Subscription

14 October 2013

Abdulnasser al-Babtain is general manager, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation

Abdulrahman al-Hamidy Subscription

23 September 2013

Abdulrahman al-Hamidy is director, Sagia

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi

3 December 2013

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi is chief executive officer (CEO), Oryx GTL

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