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Metals & mining projects news

Sabic plans to tender $4.2bn steel plants Subscription

26 February 2014, 10:53 GMT | By

Product slates aimed at providing raw materials to Saudi conversion industries

China Harbour awarded $205m Saudi port contract Subscription

11 February 2014, 10:55 GMT | By

Three new berths for phosphates city will be constructed at Ras al-Khair port in Eastern Province

Kaloti awards contract on $60m Dubai precious metals refinery Subscription

4 February 2014, 7:51 GMT | By

Local group United Engineering Construction picks up contract for gold and silver plant

Tasnee, Cristal and Toho plan $420m titanium plant in Yanbu Subscription

26 January 2014, 8:18 GMT | By

Japanese technology provider joins forces with local companies for facility in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

Algeria committed to developing $3.2bn steel plant Subscription

22 December 2013, 7:27 GMT | By

Minister of industrial development says steel plant at Jijel will be done “with or without” Qatari involvement

Chinese contractor favourite for Maaden beneficiation package Subscription

17 December 2013, 7:59 GMT | By

China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation lowest bidder for contract at $7bn phosphates city

Oman completes first aluminium rolling mill Subscription

4 December 2013, 8:51 GMT | By

Oman Aluminium Rolling Company ramping up production at $388m plant in Sohar

Market news

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi manufacturing sector picks up Subscription

23 April 2014, 13:06 GMT | By

Flurry of new announcements point to high spending in medium-sized industrial projects

Alba looks to improve efficiency of power plants

22 April 2014, 12:54 GMT | By

Aluminium producer targeting 50 per cent efficiency in its power plants

Indian investors commit $230m to Abu Dhabi metals and minerals projects Subscription

21 April 2014, 8:08 GMT | By

Expansions at ZonesCorp Industrial City include iron pipes, ferro-alloys and lime calcination

Maaden net profit drops by 48 per cent Subscription

15 April 2014, 13:52 GMT | By

Falling commodities prices cited for lower than forecast profits by Saudi mining company  

United Iron & Steel Company to invest $138m in UAE rolling mill Subscription

15 April 2014, 12:14 GMT | By

Abu Dhabi complex to produce 300,000 tonnes a year of steel coils

UAE completes aluminium merger Subscription

8 April 2014, 7:19 GMT | By

New company Emirates Global Aluminium becomes world’s fifth-largest producer

Middle East and Africa steel production up 3.1 per cent Subscription

23 March 2014, 7:54 GMT | By

February increase in output driven by Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Ezz Steel unlikely to invest in new plant if gas prices rise Subscription

12 March 2014, 13:35 GMT | By

Egyptian firm plans to build direct reduction iron unit

Metals & mining trends

MEED top 100 listed companies 2013: Metals and mining Subscription

30 March 2014, 8:49 GMT

Falling prices have put downward pressure on the revenues of firms in the metals and mining sector

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2014 Video Subscription

20 March 2014, 12:58 GMT

Over $17bn of contracts awarded in February in the Middle East

MEED Quality Awards

Deadline nears for MEED Quality Awards for Projects entries

21 January 2014, 5:48 GMT

The awards will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality

MEED Quality Awards

Focus returns to quality projects

2 January 2014, 11:36 GMT

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality

Steel demand

Steel sector to see rising demand Subscription

31 December 2013, 8:47 GMT | By

Higher public spending is set to spur growth in demand, but challenges threaten the industry’s potential

Industry growth expected after slow year Subscription

29 December 2013, 9:56 GMT | By

2014 is forecast to be a strong year for project spending in the non-oil industrial sector


Egyptian steel producers hoping for fresh start in 2014 Subscription

11 December 2013, 7:19 GMT | By

Political stability expected to kick-start economy and give impetus to stagnant projects market

Alba Subscription

9 December 2013, 7:25 GMT

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) was the first smelter to begin operations in the Middle East

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Qatar committed to Algeria plant Subscription

30 January 2014, 13:59 GMT | By

Joint-venture partners press ahead with $3.2bn steel facility and open doors for other investors


Al-Rajhi steel plans on hold

2 May 2013, 11:26 GMT | By

A lack of gas has meant that many steel projects are developing far slower than previously anticipated

Commodities: Dubai trade is on the increase

Dubai role as gold hub strengthens

25 April 2013, 15:27 GMT

Growing ties with Africa is helping to drive up commodities business volumes in the UAE

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Special reports

Project trends

Gulf projects index

GCC growth pushes up projects market Subscription

13 March 2014, 6:46 GMT

Increases in Saudi Arabia and UAE ensure growth of overall index

Gulf projects index

Sharp drop in Iran pulls down index Subscription

5 December 2013, 12:47 GMT

The Islamic Republic and Iraq record declines for second straight week

Gulf Projects Index

Kuwait boosts Gulf projects index Subscription

27 June 2013, 8:38 GMT

The value of schemes planned or under way in the country grew 4.3 per cent

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Aluminium du Maroc Subscription

The company, which produces cast aluminium products mainly for the construction sector, was set up in partnership with the then French aluminium giant Pechiney.

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Khalid bin Saleh al-Mudaifer

20 February 2014, 5:55 GMT

Khalid bin Saleh al-Mudaifer is president and CEO, Maaden

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Iraq: Turbines Subscription

19 April 2014, 11:33 GMT | By

Supply of turbines

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Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

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