The scope of works involves the construction of a refinery at either the planned southern industrial zone (SIZ) on the border with Saudi Arabia or in an existing industrial site near the town.

Plans also involve the construction of a receiving station for raw sugar with an associated marine facility. It will either be located at the existing Mo’tah terminal near to the town or at a selected berth in the SIZ.

If the marine facility is located at Mo’tah, the successful bidder will operate and upgrade the terminal, and if a selected berth at the SIZ is chosen, the contract will involve the building and

operating of a new marine facility and the construction of a conveyor system for the transfer of raw sugar from marine vessels and storage


ADC plans to attract up to $2,000 million worth of investment from various industries over the next 15 years to the SIZ and surrounding areas. SIZ’s development is estimated at JD 840 million ($1,200 million). Under the masterplan, prepared by Royal Haskoning of the Netherlands, the development of the industrial areas of the zone is estimated to cost up to JD 261 million ($370 million).

ADC aims to transfer all existing facilities of the main port, currently located near to the town, to the new SIZ. It has already announced its intention to invest $800 million to build modern, deeper, multi-purpose terminals at the new port, which will have a total handling capacity of up to 30 million tonnes a year (t/y).