The group led by France’s Litwin and comprising Turkey’s Tekfen and Saudi Oger is understood to be the only bidder for the Ras al-Zour phosphoric acid plant, planned by Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden), afterthe passing of the 8 April bid deadline.

Two other international engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor groups were prequalified to bid for the estimated $200 million-300 million contract, but full order books and commitments elsewhere meant they could not allocate enough resources to compete for the work.

The scope of works coversconstruction of a plant with 140,000 tonnes a year of phosphoric acid capacity. Process technology for the plant has been licensed from Norway’s Yara. In keeping with the recent contracting trend for major projects in the kingdom, the contract will be awarded on a convertible lump-sum basis.

Maaden is evaluating bids for the three other main process packages at the fertiliser complex – sulphuric acid, ammonia and diammonium phosphate (MEED 24:3:06).