Tenders for the $100m Aqaba Industrial Terminal in Jordan will be released in late September.

A source familiar with the project says that the documents will be released shortly after Ramadan has finished by the clients Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC).

“JPMC is in the final stages of preparation for the tender document,” the source says. “It will be released after Ramadan in late September.

“The tender process will take another three months, but we are hoping to make an award by early 2011. The project will run for 24-26 months,” he added.   

When completed the terminal will handle various cargoes including steel, iron ore, potash, sulphur, fertiliser, ammonia and timber.  The terminal will replace an existing facility that will eventually be turned into a tourism area.

The tender process will take another three months, but we are hoping to make an award by early 2011

Source close to the scheme

The source also says that construction work on the $200m Aqaba Rock Phosphate Terminal that is proceeding as planned with India’s Afcons Infrastructure working as the contract.

“It is going according to schedule. The project started on 4 May and everything is on schedule,” the source says.

The rock phosphate terminal will be situated next to the industrial terminal and will export four million tonnes a year of rock phosphate when completed.