Maaden awards Bechtel smelters study

17 May 2012

US company will carry out study for copper and zinc smelters for mining giant

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has awarded the US’ Bechtel a contract to carry out a feasibility study for two non-ferrous metals smelters in the kingdom.

Bechtel will carry out a study to gauge the potential viability of a copper smelter with a 500,000 tonnes-a-year (t/y) capacity as well as a zinc smelter with 200,000 t/y capacity.

Maaden is already constructing an aluminium smelter at Ras al-Khair in the Eastern Province that will have a capacity of 740,000 t/y when completed in 2013.

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