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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

Abu Dhabi to build new paper mill Subscription

14 April 2014 | By

Ittihad International Investment and ZonesCorp sign deal on 60,000-tonne paper mill

Oman invites financial adviser bids on Sohar petrochemicals complex Subscription

1 April 2014 | By

Interested companies given 6 May deadline to submit proposals on $3.6bn Sohar petrochemicals project

Lukoil studies Iraq petrochemicals plant Subscription

1 April 2014 | By

Lukoil feasibility study under way in Iraq for methane and methanol production from associated gas

Project bids


Three bidders remain for $6.4bn Qatar petrochemical scheme Subscription

18 August 2014 | By

Final commercial submissions for Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex are expected in October

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

Ducab tenders aluminium rod and conductor plant Subscription

4 June 2014 | By

Commercial bids expected in July for Abu Dhabi downstream metals project

Project awards

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

Alsa Engineering wins Abu Dhabi CO2 injection scheme Subscription

5 May 2014 | By

Gas for Abu Dhabi CO2 injection scheme will be sourced from carbon capture plant at Emirates Steel operations

Habtoor Leighton wins Sohar aluminium coating plant Subscription

27 April 2014 | By

Oman Aluminium Rolling Company awards $32m for downstream unit in Oman



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

Chinese to fund completion of Iran chemicals complex Subscription

14 April 2014 | By

Lordegan fertiliser chemicals project in Iran to be completed with $591m of investment from Chinese firms, claims report

Oman invites financial adviser bids on Sohar petrochemicals complex Subscription

1 April 2014 | By

Interested companies given 6 May deadline to submit proposals on $3.6bn Sohar petrochemicals project

Carbon Holdings aims to complete Egypt cracker financing by year-end Subscription

25 March 2014 | By

Private company aims to raise about $1bn from market after completing deals with banks and strategic partners

Yanbu Industrial City plans $61bn of investment Subscription

24 March 2014 | By

Industrial city plans massive outlay aimed at attracting downstream petrochemicals converters



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

Iraqi firm pushes ahead with fertiliser revamp Subscription

23 April 2014 | By

Baiji fertiliser plant to be rehabilitated and expanded

Chinese to fund completion of Iran chemicals complex Subscription

14 April 2014 | By

Lordegan fertiliser chemicals project in Iran to be completed with $591m of investment from Chinese firms, claims report

Egypt ammonium nitrate plant due for completion in 2014 Subscription

24 March 2014 | By

Facility will be the first to produce the chemical in the Middle East and North Africa region

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

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

World sugar output 2010-11

Oversupply dampens sugar outlook Subscription

3 April 2014 | By

Regional producers are facing low prices, slowing demand growth and new competition

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MEED comment


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

Change: Riyadh needs to coordinate its approach

Rebooting the industrial plan for Saudi Arabia Subscription

13 March 2014 | By

Saudi Arabia is embarking on the next phase of its industrialisation and will have to ensure development agencies are working in harmony


Firms line up for Al-Karaana complex Subscription

20 February 2014

Petrochemicals scheme will be followed by a near-identical project. Focus will switch to the football World Cup after projects are finished

Food security

Gulf must rethink Africa food investment Subscription

20 February 2014

If Gulf countries can invest in Africa at the same time as growing food, they may get a warmer welcome  

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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 Basra Steel Mill Cimplex Rehabilitation Iraq 560
7 Sohar Steel Complex Expansion: Phase 3 Oman 560
8 Nephelene Syenite Mine & Alumina Processing Complex Iran 553
9 Gol-E-Gohar DRI Plant Iran 500
10 Ain Sokhna Steel Plant Egypt 475
Click through to the full data table on the industry sector's biggest projects in execution
Click through to MEED's Q1 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 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

Gulf projects index

Saudi Arabia records biggest increase Subscription

24 April 2014

Iran and Qatar only other projects markets to see growth in value

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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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Iran: Ferrosilicon production plant Subscription

11 August 2014 | By

Construction, on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, of a ferrosilicon production plant

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