India’s Afcons Infrastructure Limited (Afcons) has won the estimated $200m engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Aqaba Industrial Terminal in Jordan, a source close to the project tells MEED.

The source says that the client, Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC), has already informed Afcons of its decision to award the contract to the company.

“Letters have now been sent [to Afcons] and JPMC is expecting the contracts to be signed by the first week of May [2010] after bank guarantees are in place,” the source says. “Work will then start on the terminal straight away,” he added.    

The project, in the most southern part of Aqaba’s $5bn new port project, involves building a 4-million-tonne-a-year (t/y) rock terminal as well as truck unloading and handling facilities, storage facilities, pipe conveyors and other marine terminal facilities. The construction is expected to take 27 months to complete (MEED 24:2:10).

Royal Haskoning of the Netherlands is the project manager.

JPMC has mining operations at Al-Hassa and Al-Abiad, which are both about 130 kilometres south of Amman; and at Eshidiya, 125km northeast of Aqaba.

The company produces about 7 million t/y of rock. It exports some of the rock and uses the rest at its fertiliser complex in Aqaba, which produces 350,000 t/y of phosphoric acid, 650,000 t/y of di-ammonium phosphate and 14,000 t/y of aluminium fluoride.