The four are: Oslo-based AkerKvaerner; Paris-based Technip; a Dutch/Finnish joint venture of BatemanEngineeringand Outokumpu; and SaudiOgerwith the UK’s SimonCarvesand Turkey’s Tekfen.

The scope of works for the estimated $450 million-500 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract calls for the construction of two sulphuric acid trains with combined capacity of 450,000 tonnes a year (t/y) as well as absorption towers and a cooling system.

The sulphuric acid will be mixed with phosphoric acid and ammonia to process phosphate into diammonia phosphate (DAP). Tenders for the three ammonia, phosphoric acid and DAP plant packages are expected to be issued in early November (MEED 5:8:05).

The phosphate feedstock will be sourced from the Al-Jalamid deposit in the northwest and transported via the planned minerals railway to Ras al-Zour.

A team of Canada’s SNC Lavalin, with the US’ Jacobs Engineering, and Australia’s WorleyParsons are bidding for the project management consultancy PMC contract on the phosphate complex (see page 24).